Organising Children and Young People’s Deaf Mental Health Services for the future

Tim managed the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service from 2010 to 2021.  Tim was involved in the development of the Deaf Service both regionally and nationally.  Tim sits on the Board of ESMHD and until recently was co-editor of the IJMHD.

Jayne has worked at National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service since for over 13 years.  Jayne started as a Deaf Family Support Worker before taking up the post of Specialist Deaf Outreach Worker.  She is now a qualified Occupational Therapist working with deaf children and families in the North West of England.

Tim and Jayne will talk about the design, development and delivery of the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Service in the North of England.

The service works with deaf children and young people (0-18 years old) and children of deaf parents/carers who are experiencing mental health difficulties. 

The service starts from the principle that for a deaf mental health service to be effective, it must be properly represented – i.e., the service must have experts in both mental health and deaf lived experience.  Once we recognise the needs of deaf children and families, we need to create teams with the right people to provide the service required and we need to structure the service so that team members can be confident and supported in their roles.

Between 2010 and 2012, Deaf CAMHS (North) underwent a transformation process which created meaningful career pathways for deaf staff, employed interpreters as integral team members and introduced innovative ways of working.  It is currently rated as an Outstanding Service.