CBT-informed 1:1 and group support for young people across infant,
primary, and secondary ages


of young people are seen in under 28 days


waited under 28 days for a full assessment

  • This service is delivered in collaboration with NHS England and the Department of Education as part of a national scheme to improve the wellbeing of young people.
  • Our Mental Health Support Teams support young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health needs.
  • We offer evidence-based 1:1 and group interventions to young people and parents/guardians in 44 schools across Westminster,delivered by Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs/CWPs) and an Assistant Psychologist. Check whether your school offers our services here.
  • We have a high uptake and intervention completion rate, successful improvement in symptom scores, positive service-user feedback, and a diverse and inclusive service group.

Infant age group:

This service provides 1:1 work with families in their homes, across primary schools in our Westminster Offer and in three family hubs: Queens Park Children’s Centre, Bessborough Family Hub and Portman Early Childhood Centre.

  • We support parents concerned about their children’s feelings of overwhelm, frustration, behavioural difficulties, tantrums, and difficulty following routines
  • Parents and carers of children between the ages of 0-5 can use the service to improve their relationships with their children, learn more about child development, learn parenting skills, and know what behaviours are normal for children through 1:1 support in the family hubs/primary schools, or over teams video calls
  • To refer, please email [email protected] or call 07917909708.
  • Please note, we also accept referrals for younger siblings of children at one of the schools we work in.

Primary age group (Westminster):

This service is for parents looking for coping strategies to manage young people’s distress and increase resilience to future challenges. It is available to parents of young people in our Westminster Schools.

  • Evidence shows that working with parents and children, rather than working directly with the child is more effective for improving children’s health and wellbeing. This is a collaborative process.
  • Supplementary to this, we offer parent support groups, psychoeducation workshops, mental health assemblies. Click here to find out more.
  • The 1:1 sessions with parents are:
    • 6-8 weekly sessions (at school/online)
    • 20-50 minutes long
  • To refer, speak to the mental health lead in your school.
  • Referrals are assessed on an individual basis.

Secondary age group (Westminster):

We offer support to young people struggling with their emotions, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Stress
  • Low mood
  • Fear
  • Overwhelm
  • Frustration
  • Emotional dysregulation

How the service is delivered:

  • 6-8 sessions
  • 1:1 support within school
  • Psychoeducational workshops
  • Assemblies complement this work

To self-refer:

  • Young people should speak to their head of year.
  • Referrals are assessed on an individual basis.

Further details for referral:

Most of our referrals come through schools. If you are a parent of a young person wanting to access the service and need help with the referral form, please speak to your child’s school teacher or designated mental health lead. For the infant service, other health professionals based in family hubs can also support you with this.

Referral process for CYP at Westminster Schools:

  • Please speak to your designated mental health lead
  • For young people under 16, referral forms must be completed by parents/carers
  • The young person must also consent to the referral
  • Young people over 16 can self-refer
  • Once we have received your referral form, we will be in touch
  • Check whether your school offers our services here
  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

More School Services:

  • This service is delivered in addition to a wider psychoeducation “Whole School Approach”, which also delivers workshops to young people, families and staff, click here to learn more
  • We can help with signposting and liaison advice, please speak to your designated mental health lead to request more information
  • If you are a teacher in one of our Westminster schools looking for support, you can self-refer to our IAPT counselling service here
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