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Posted: Wednesday 16 May 2018

Two simple ways to contact Thriving Kirklees

Open one door to access many health and wellbeing services for children, young people and families in Kirklees


Open one door to access many health and wellbeing services for children, young people and families in Kirklees

There’s now one number and one online form for children, young people and their families to access health and well-being support through Thriving Kirklees.

The innovative partnership brings together five organisations and their 0-19 services to help ensure that all children, young people and families living in Kirklees will be healthy and resilient.

The services can now be contacted via a single online form available at www.thrivingkirklees.org.uk. – or one telephone number – 0300 304 5555.  

The partnership’s services for children and young people aged 0-19 (up to 25-years old for young people with special needs) and their families include:

  • Health visiting and family nurse partnership 
  • School nursing 
  • Ask CaMHS
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CaMHS) 
  • Children’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service
  • National Child Measurement Programme
  • Assessment and diagnosis of autistic spectrum conditions (through referrals made by a Speech and Language Therapist, Paediatrician, or Educational Psychologist)
  • Support for children and young people with learning disabilities
  • Home-Start Family Support
  • Healthy child vitamins.

The Thriving Kirklees partnership is led by Locala Community Partnerships CIC, working with South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYPT), Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust, Home-Start Kirklees, Yorkshire Children’s Centre.

The organisations involved have been working on bringing services together, co-ordinating resources and establishing a seamless route for children, young people and families to get support and help for their health and well-being needs.

Locala Chief Executive, Karen Jackson, said: “Thriving Kirklees means we will ensure every aspect of a child or young person’s health and well-being needs are addressed appropriately through a family-centred approach with all the partner organisations working much more closely together. 

“Having one phone number and one contact form for all these services means young people and parents or carers can access the help they need quickly and effectively.”

Thriving Kirklees is delivering the national Integrated Healthy Child Programme in Kirklees and was commissioned by Kirklees Council, Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Councillor Viv Kendrick, Cabinet Member for Children, said: “Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and families receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place. 

“A strong message from parents has been the need for a single point of access and a system without tiers. The evidence shows that this ‘one stop shop’ style approach, improves outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families.“

This supports Kirklees’ district vision to be a great place to grow up where every child and young person:

  • is safe and loved, healthy and happy and free from harm, and
  • has the chance to make the most of their talents, skills and qualities to fulfil their potential.

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