At Haggerston we are fortunate to be able to offer our young people therapeutic support, should they feel the need to access such support. The ‘A Space for Support’ therapy team works in primary and secondary schools and Academies in the London Borough of Hackney. A main focus of the team is to provide individual therapy sessions for emotionally vulnerable children and young people who would otherwise not have easy access to psychological therapies. This work is carried out in close collaboration with school staff and professionals from statutory services.
The service has qualified practitioners working within the recommended practice guidelines of the professional bodies regulating counselling and psychotherapy in the UK (BACP, BAAT, BAPT, HPC, UKCP). All members of the team receive regular clinical supervision from a senior psychotherapist.
City and Hackney is firmly committed to whole system joined up working between organisations. This is why a multi-organisational CAMHS Alliance was created in April 2015, to develop better ways of partners and organisations working together to deliver care services that can reach more children, young people, families, schools and the wider community. CAMHS Alliance teams have staff with different skills to meet the needs of the different people who need their help and can be involved where there are concerns about emotional well-being, behaviour and mental health. The different service in the CAMHS Alliance deal with a range of issues from common worries that get in the way of everyday life to more serious difficulties that might last or have lasted longer.
Self-referrals from young people, parents and families are accepted as well as referrals made by a professional supporting the young person such as GP, Family Support Practitioner, Health Visitor, School Staff or Social Worker. Below you can find a guide to the CAMHS Alliance Referral system.
Young Hackney offers specialist services to schools and individual support for children and young people aged 6–19 (up to 25 if they have additional support needs). They also offer universal services such as youth clubs, sports activities, adventure playgrounds and citizenship activities such as the Youth Parliament. Some services offered include after school activities and early help and prevention.
Youth Wellbeing Directory (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. They aim to transform current mental health provision in the UK by improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of treatment. They bring together leaders in neuroscience, mental health, social care and education to work together to improve understanding and practice. They believe that every child and their family should be at the heart of the care they receive, working in partnership with professionals.
Hackney Local Offer
Hackney’s Local Offer website sets out information about services and support available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) who are aged 0 to 25. The information describes what is on offer from education, health, leisure and social care services for those with SEND and their parents/carers.