Why was the pathway developed?

Children and young people form a significant proportion of the population of Nottingham City. There are approximately 120,270 children and young people aged 0 to 24 living in Nottingham and 19,200 of these are under 5. It is estimated that around 8,500 children and young people in Nottingham have a diagnosable mental health issue, self-harm, or have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

This pathway supports the recommendations from the recent review of Tier 2 and Tier 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) completed in Nottingham City, by strengthening the universal pathway into behavioural, emotional or mental health services.

This pathway ensures that presenting concerns about a child or young person are recognised and fully explored, and that the right support is made available at the right time and in the right place to ensure that outcomes for children and young people are improved.

The pathway is underpinned by a range of guidance and strategies including: