‘The Keep’, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service for children and young people is now fully operational following its official opening in April.

Councillor Sara Bolton and Youth Mayor Tiny Simbani

A number of children and young people along with the Youth Mayor, Tiny Simbani were invited to ‘The Keep’ to find out more about the service and to take part in a number of activities, as well as discussing ‘what being ok means?’

The new service supports children and young people who are in care, leaving care, adopted or under a special guardianship order and those who have suffered sexual abuse or display harmful sexual behaviour by providing evidenced based interventions on a one-to-one basis.

The Keep aims to support our most vulnerable children and young people in improving their outcomes and building resilience.

Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Safeguarding, said:

It’s great to visit ‘The Keep’ again to see the progress that has been made since the official opening in April. The work the staff do is amazing. They help put the children at ease, listen to their concerns, allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings, whatever they may be.”

This new service has been commissioned collaboratively between Derby City Council and Southern Derbyshire CCG and delivered by a specialist team of Clinical Psychologists and Therapeutic Social Workers from Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The service will also work to deliver training and reflective practise to key staff and partners on the use of brief interventions.

For more information on ‘The Keep’ you can email dhft.thekeep@nhs .net