A new Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service for children and young people is launching in Derby, commissioned in partnership between Derby City Council and Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

‘The Keep’, Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service will support 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.

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.

Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People & Safeguarding, who officially opened The Keep, said:

I am delighted to officially open this valuable service which helps to support our vulnerable children and young people.”

Frank MgGhee, Director of Integrated Commissioning, who leads children’s commissioning across Derby city and NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

Health, social care and partner organisations are working more closely together to support children and young people so they can have good mental health. We hope this new service will offer vital support to vulnerable children and youngsters who might be struggling to deal with difficult experiences they’ve lived through. By offering this help we will do all we can to make sure they can be strong and well and make the most of their opportunities to build happy futures.”