Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Children, Young People and Parents Mental Health Trailblazer Project

Newcastle Gateshead has three of the Trailblazer pilot sites across the North East; Newcastle, Gateshead and Jewish Schools in Gateshead.   Newly formed Mental Health Support Teams have been working closely with teachers and school staff to promote emotional awareness to children and young people, as part of a whole school approach. The aim is to support children and young people by developing strategies to help manage emotions so they don’t become too big.

Evaluation of this work has taken place in Newcastle and Gateshead with staff, parents, carers, children and young people to establish the impact of the Trailblazer Mental Health Support Teams and identify strengths and weaknesses within the programme. Engagement has included talking to pupils, parents, carers schools staff, Trailblazer staff, the Early Help team and Educational Psychology staff supporting the schools. Findings of this phase of engagement will be reported shortly.

The project team are also currently working with the Jewish Schools in Gateshead with a view to implementing this work during 2020.