The pathway coordinator works with the child or young person and their parents/carers, as well as key professionals working with the child or young person, to access universal services and put early interventions and simple strategies in place.

Support Plan: The pathway coordinator leads the development of a support plan. A plan of support can be presented as a structured care plan or in a less structured way, for example in a letter.

Children, young people and families should be fully involved in planning and have a copy of the support plan where appropriate.

When developing a support plan the following should be considered:

  • the name and date of birth of the child or young person;
  • the name and contact details of the pathway facilitator;
  • the date the care plan was developed;
  • a description of the main issues, needs or difficulties;
  • actions or interventions required to meet the needs;
  • goals/desired outcomes (SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound);
  • person responsible for each action;
  • date to be reviewed.

Wherever a multi-agency support plan is required, then the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) should be implemented in order to plan care effectively.

A bank of possible resources, tools and techniques have been developed for the pathway coordinator including:

  • Health promotion and signs of emotional or mental ill health.
  • Physical health.
  • Being a good role model – role play.
  • The brain (stress and emotions).
  • What can you do? (Talking and relaxation).
  • Breaking down stigma.
  • How can I encourage mental health? (CLANG).
  • Engage the 5 senses.
  • Create a reward and promote desired behaviours.
  • Developing routines.
  • Promoting self-awareness and self-esteem.
  • Identity booklets.
  • What are emotions? (Exercises and tools).
  • Challenge patterns of thought.
  • Mindfulness.
  • Observation.
  • Be prepared (coping skills).
  • On the go (apps and technology).
  • Further resources and information.

These can also be downloaded in a resource pack for professionals.

There are a range of universal services that may be appropriate to access that are detailed in the
resource pack for professionals.

The pathway coordinator can also contact the CYP BEH Team for training, further suggestions and advice.

Example support plans can be accessed here.