Child Mental Health Support Workers

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Supports children and young people (CYP) (and their families/carers) who present to general practice with identified or suspected mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, recognising risk of an eating problem, or in responding to crisis including those who may have complex needs)
  • Ranging from AfC Band 4 to 8a including, but not limited to, a children wellbeing practitioner, CYP community mental health nurse/practitioner, clinical psychologist, mental health occupational therapist, mental health community connector, care navigator or other role, as agreed between the PCN and provider of CYP community mental health teams

Education and training requirements

Due to the variety of mental health practitioner roles, there is no universal standard for education and training requirements. Dependent on individual profession

Recommended minimum supervision

A PCN should ensure that the postholder is supported through the local provider of CYP community mental health teams (or by the employer) by robust clinical governance structures to maintain quality and safety, including monthly supervision

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