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Surrey wins £729,000 for mental health services

A Surrey scheme to provide round-the-clock support for young people with mental health difficulties has secured Government funding worth £729,000.

The announcement was made by the Department for Education, which has issued the following press release:

£729,000 for round-the-clock support for young people in Surrey on the brink of crisis

A brand new scheme to provide a safe sanctuary for families struggling with mental health difficulties, help parents manage more effectively and keep young people at home has secured government funding worth £729,000.

The money will be used by Surrey County Council and the Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group to extend their successful HOPE programme to provide round-the-clock care for children and young people suffering with emotional and mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, depression or eating disorders.

The programme will work by bringing together teams of health, education and social care professionals to provide a comprehensive package of support around the young person, helping them to get their lives back on track, preventing family break down and keeping them out of hospital or residential care.

Announcing the funding during a speech today at the ‘No Wrong Door’ launch in Northallerton, Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said: “This programme will deliver real results for young people with significant mental health problems in Surrey.

“By focusing on the needs of these vulnerable young people, Surrey can ensure they get the tailored support and help they need to get their lives back on track as and when they need it.

“I am excited to see where this project leads.”

Mary Angell, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “We welcome the Department for Education’s backing for this ground-breaking new service which will enable us to provide even better support to young people who are struggling with mental health problems.

“We want young people in Surrey to get the best possible start in life and this service will build on our successful approach of working with other organisations as one team in the best interests of those with emotional, social and educational needs.

“By giving them the right support at times of crisis we can help them go on to lead fulfilling and independent lives.”

The scheme is one of the latest projects that have successfully bid for money through the government’s Innovation Programme.

The Innovation Programme – backed by funding worth £100 million – aims to kick start the most promising proposals for new ways of providing children’s social care, such as supporting young people leaving care and taking their first steps into adulthood or looking at new bespoke services such as FGM prevention.

The government’s Innovation Programme focuses on two key target areas – fresh ways of working in children’s social work and better support for young people in or on the edge of care. Exciting proposals that have successfully secured funding to date include:

  • the roll-out of a new project aimed at creating homes-from-homes for families teetering on the edge of crisis – from befriending and providing much needed help for struggling or isolated parents, to offering a safe space for the night to children and young people when there is a family crisis or their home life is proving too much to bear;
  • the expansion of a project which helps women who have had successive children taken into care by interrupting repeat pregnancies and giving them a chance to turn their lives around;
  • a new programme to overhaul the entire child protection systems of five councils across the country, which will prioritise frontline work with vulnerable families over form-filling and needless bureaucracy.

Listen to Laura Hoyles, HOPE Service Team Manager, discussing the service on BBC Surrey.

Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey.

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