Children’s Services

We want children and young people in Plymouth to have the best possible start in life, and it matters to us that everyone who needs our help can get it easily, at the right time.

The needs of the child or young person are at the heart of the services we provide.  This means we involve them and their family in discussions and decisions about the ways we can help them achieve the best outcomes.

We work hard to identify challenges that our families are experiencing as early as possible, so that they can be supported at the earliest opportunity, and we work closely with a wide network of healthcare professionals, social and voluntary organisations to help us to ensure that you get support when needed.

We provide a wide range of services to help our children and young people stay well and live healthy lives, including services to help and support children and young people affected by mental ill health.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

We also help children, young people and families with significant, severe, complex or persistent mental health and / or relationship difficulties. This could include self-harm, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The Children’s Speech and Language Service provides preventative and early help for children who, for a variety of reasons, may be experiencing difficulties communicating. Some children are then offered more detailed assessment and treatment.

Because we provide social care as well as health care, and adult mental health services as well as children’s, our teams work together to provide a range of essential support services for families when they most need it.

We deliver the Healthy Child Programme, which starts with the advice and support of health visitors before baby is born up to 5 years to give that child the best start in life, and by  school nurses to the age of 19.

We work together with colleagues in other organisations to keep children and young people safe. The Ten Wishes project came out of our safeguarding work. Young people told us how they want health and care professionals to engage with them. We are making sure that everyone at Livewell Southwest knows what these wishes are, and how we can deliver them in our work with young people and families.

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of service users would recommend our services, based on 1083 respondents in june 2018