About the pathway

The pathway draws together the work of current services and professionals from across Nottingham City (such as health, social care, education, youth and play, and voluntary sector services). It helps them to deliver a seamless service with positive outcomes for children and young people. The pathway does not replace current mental health services, but works alongside these services to ensure children and young people receive the most appropriate support at the earliest opportunity. If more specialist assessment or support is needed, the pathway aims to make sure this is carried out by the most appropriate service or services.

The pathway aims to:

  • deliver positive outcomes for children and young people and their families;
  • ensure that children and young people have their needs identified and met at the earliest opportunity;
  • prevent behavioural, emotional or mental health needs escalating;
  • ensure that children and young people who may be experiencing mental health issues or present with difficulties that may indicate possible ASD or ADHD have a timely assessment by the most appropriate professional.

This will be achieved by:

  • identifying and addressing any concerns at the earliest opportunity;
  • ensuring the right early interventions and support strategies are put in place, monitored and reviewed;
  • directing referrals to the most appropriate service, which may be services provided by a range of organisations and may include referrals to more specialist services;
  • managing the demand for more specialist services and reducing waiting times for interventions by supporting children and young people when their needs are emerging;
  • planning and implementing ‘person-centred’ and multi-agency support;
  • planning transition to adulthood and/or adult services where appropriate;
  • building additional skills across the community workforce.

This guidance has been produced to support professionals working with children or young people where there are concerns about behaviour, emotional health and wellbeing, mental health issues or a neurodevelopmental problem such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

There is one referral point for this pathway for all agencies supporting children and young people with behavioural, emotional or mental health needs. This is known as the Nottingham City Single Point of Access (SPA) for children and young people with behavioural, emotional or mental health needs.

The development of the pathway for children and young people with behavioural, emotional or mental health needs was coordinated by NHS Nottingham City CCG in partnership with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham CityCare Partnership, voluntary sector colleagues and children and young people and their parents/carers.

For further information follow the links on the left.