Mental Health and Care Experienced Children and Young People: A partnership for change

Why is it so difficult to get the help we need?  Why don’t residential care workers and others know more about our mental health needs?  These questions were at the heart of why care experienced young people at Who Cares? wanted to create a training for workers about mental health.

Our project, ‘Mental Health and Care Experienced Children and Young People: A partnership for change’  has brought together CEYP from West Lothian and Glasgow, Who Cares? Scotland, academics and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) in order to improve understanding of the mental health challenges facing CEYP and to develop an online interactive workshop on the approaches that are found to be effective.   This week, as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, we are piloting our online training course with social workers and young people.  We have also developed a Podcast with the support of the Triumph Network , please give it a listen.

Research evidence indicates that care experienced children and young people (CEYP) face significantly higher levels of mental health issues than the general population (Dale et al., 2016).  It doesn’t have to be this way.  If we engage with  the views and experiences of CEYP and work in partnership, we can find solutions that will work (Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force, 2019).   For more information about our project get in touch with

Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh at: a.roeschmarsh@ed.ac.uk or Dr Pearse McCusker at:  pearse.mccusker@ed.ac.uk

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