Mental Health Services for Children & Young People – Transformation Plan

Why is the mental health of young people such a key priority?

The mental well-being of children and young people is important to us all. For young people themselves, good mental health means that they can get the best out of their life, including their education, their friendships and their family. For society, having young people with good mental well-being gives us a firm foundation on which communities can grow and thrive.

This means that the way we provide Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is really important. If we make these services as good as we can, then everyone benefits.

Bracknell and Ascot CCG, Slough CCG and Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG work collaboratively with the unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest Council, Slough Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Health and Wellbeing Boards welcome the opportunity provided by the requirement to produce Local Transformation Plans to work together collaboratively to implement real improvements through the development of local plans for children and young people, living and developing in Ascot, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor.

Our Vision

  • No child or young person will have a preventable mental health issue
  • If they do, they will not wait to get the effective help they need

For more information about the transformation plans, please click here.

View the October 2016 (Updated March 2017) East Berkshire Local Transformation Plan for Children & Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.

This document is an up-date on Local Area achievements to date on the Transformation Plans since October 2015, together with next steps.

The Refresh of East Berkshire’s CAMHS Local Transformation Plan for 2017

At the end of each October, NHS England require every CCG to publish a refresh of their CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

East Berkshire CCG’s in collaboration with their partners are currently looking to refresh their Local Transformation Plan by the end of January 2018 for the following reasons:

  • University of Reading are currently undertaking an independent audit on CAMHS commissioned services to help inform our commissioning intentions for 2018. This will be ready for review by the CAMHS Transformation Future in Mind Working Group by the end of November 2017.
  • A survey asking young people’s views on the accessibility of services is due to finish on October 31st and the results of which will help mould the way that CAMHS services could be delivered in the future.
  • So East Berkshire CCG in agreement with NHS England, have prepared a summary on the progress that has been made with our CAMHS services commissioned through the CAMHS Transformation Funds from April 2017 to October 2017.
  • The summary also includes evidence from young people and parents as to the impact the services have had on them.
  • Finally have identified the next steps and issues that will help influence and shape the full refresh of the CAMHS LTP by the end of January 2018.

If you have any comments or queries, please contact Emma Willing at

Mental Health – A guide for parents

Bracknell Forest Council have produced a parents’ guide aimed at parents and carers of children and young people.

‘Mental health: let’s talk to the talk’ Parents’ Guide


Commissioned Services

The East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups has now allocated funds of £672,031 to a range of providers to deliver the priorities identified in the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan for 17/18 financial year.

Parenting Special Children

Parenting Special Children is a Berkshire based charity offering specialist parenting support to families with children and young people with additional needs, including Autism, ADHD and other conditions. The charity offers parenting programmes and workshops on Autism and ADHD and sleep courses.
All of the services they offer to families has been informed and influenced by the families who have attended their courses/workshops/clinics over the years.
For more information, visit the Parenting Special Children website.

The Autism Group

The Autism Group is a small team of professionals with more than 35 years combined experience of working in the autism field. They are a Maidenhead based charity dedicated to offering a warm and well-informed response to young people on the autistic spectrum, their parents and carers in order to enhance their life experience and opportunities. They do this by:
• Providing opportunities for young people aged between 11 and 25 to meet at our Special Interest Groups, share their interests and develop their social skills in a structured and supportive environment. A drop-in service runs alongside the Saturday clubs for parents who are invited to stay for tea and to talk in confidence in a relaxed setting.
• The Autism Group@Home Service which offers free1:1 support to parents and carers with the aim of building their skills and confidence to best support young people on the spectrum up to the age of 25.
• Providing free parent training through a series of Toolkits designed to improve knowledge, understanding and strategies for responding to challenging behaviour. The training packages for those working with people on the spectrum, includes the unique Autism in an Hour™ session for time pressed professionals. Trainers are fully qualified, and all parent sessions are delivered by trainers who also have children and young adults on the spectrum.
For more information, visit the Autism Group website.

Autism Berkshire

Autism Berkshire offers a wide range of support to families living with autism in Bracknell Forest, Slough and Windsor & Maidenhead.
From the point at which a child aged 5+ is placed on the CAMHS waiting list for an autism assessment, parents and carers can attend one of our pre-assessment workshops at venues in Bracknell, Slough and Windsor. Home visits from one of our support workers are available pre- or post-assessment.
Support groups for parents and carers of children with autism meet monthly during school terms in Bracknell, Slough, Maidenhead and Windsor.
Youth groups for children aged 8 to 17 with autism, or who are on the CAMHS waiting list for an assessment, and their siblings, meet fortnightly in Slough and Windsor. The Bracknell CAYP youth group meets weekly during school terms.
They also offer Autism Seminars for families, on understanding Autism, managing anger, and sensory needs in people with autism, using course material developed by the National Autistic Society. Forthcoming sessions are available in Windsor and Slough.
For more information, visit the Autism Berkshire website.


Kooth is an online counselling and support service for young people –
• Free at point of entry anonymous and confidential online support for young people in the East Berkshire area
• Provides text based online services for young people from 11 to 18 (nineteenth birthday)
• No waiting lists – drop in or structured regular counselling sessions online
• Qualified counsellors available Monday-Friday 12 noon till 10pm on Weekends from 6pm till 10pm
• Accredited Members of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
• Email facility also available to interact with counsellors and the kooth team
• Fully moderated live chat forums available Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 7.30 pm till 9.00 pm
• Magazine with hundreds of articles about mental health and young people’s experiences
• Games, blogs, exercises and puzzles
• Feedback and ambassador programme available
• Pathways and signposting to local services

Youthline Counselling Service

Servicing the greater Bracknell area comprising of areas of North Ascot/Sunningdale/Sandhurst

• Youthline Ltd a Bracknell based young people’s counselling service
• Accredited Members of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
• Counselling young people from ages 11 up to 25
• Counselling parents and carers to offer support young people using the service
• Offering free one to one counselling at The Lodge in Bracknell and at the Spot in Sandhurst
• Open 5 days a week from 3pm until 9pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm
• Delivers humanistic counselling across all sites
• Delivers humanistic short term counselling in 8 Bracknell Forest Secondary schools
• Providing one to one counselling support to service users in the wider Bracknell area
• Comprehensive website offering information, guidance and resources to parents/carers and young people

For more information, visit the Youthline website.