Children and young people's health and wellbeing

The children and young people's health and wellbeing section includes information about:

  • CAMHS - waiting time for treatment
  • children subject of a child protection plan with initial category of neglect
  • mental health admissions

CAMHS - waiting time for treatment

Why this is important 

One in ten young people has some form of diagnosable mental health. Addressing mental health issues in people's early years, particularly coping strategies can have a marked difference on a patients’ long-term health.

A 2018 survey of more than 2,000 parents and carers in England by mental health charity Young Minds found that 76 per cent thought their child’s mental health had deteriorated while waiting to access CAMHS, with longer waits linked to more serious declines in health.

The Government’s Green Paper transforming children and young people’s mental health provision includes a commitment to provide all children and young people, no matter where they live, with access to high quality mental health and wellbeing support and to reduce waiting times for treatment.

The Barnsley Picture and how we compare

Find out more about Barnsley's CAMHS report

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Children subject of a child protection plan with initial category of neglect

Why this is important

If a child is considered to be suffering (or likely to suffer) significant harm, local authorities will make them the subject of a child protection plan.

The indicator, Children subject of a child protection plan with initial category of neglect, expresses the number of children subject to plans as a population based rate.  It allows us to compare our performance to benchmarks, most commonly national, regional and statistical neighbour averages.  Those comparisons help us to understand if the rate for Barnsley is in line with comparators or not.

If the rate for Barnsley is above comparators, this may mean there are higher proportions of vulnerable children in our area. 

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

The rate of children who a subject to a child protection plan with the initial category of neglect in Barnsley (2018) is 16.7 which is below the regional and national rates which are 19.5 and 21.8 respectively. Barnsley has the second lowest rate when compared with statistical neighbours. Rates in Barnsley have declined since 2016, when the rate was 34.8.

The latest data available for the indicator Children subject to a child protection plan covers 2017/18.  This shows the rate for Barnsley below all comparators at 37.7 per 10,000.  By comparison, the average rate for our statistical neighbours was 60.2 for the same period.

The rate for Barnsley increased significantly in 2014/15 and 2015/16, rising to a peak of 82.4.  Since then, the rate has fallen back to levels previously seen in 2013/14.

The provisional year to date figure for 2018/19 was 50.1 for Barnsley; an increase on 2017/18, but still likely to be below our statistical neighbours, based on recent trends.

What we're currently doing and the assets or services we have

We are, with the support of the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership, are two years into at least a five year programme to tackle neglect.  We have introduced a Neglect Strategy and have implemented the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Graded Care Profile Two assessment and training. We have established a multi-agency, partnership response to neglect, working with the South Yorkshire Police, Health, Education, Housing, Early Support and Children’s Social Care.

We have formed a Neglect Sub-Group which is leading the Barnsley Neglect Strategy and Action Plan. This group oversees the neglect strategy and has developed a neglect action plan which monitors the effectiveness of the strategy and the roll out of the ‘graded care profile’ across all key partners.

Barnsley has adopted the use of the Graded Care Profile version 2 (GCP2), which is a tool to support the assessment of the degree of neglect for a child or in a family. This tool empowers and enables families and professionals to identify areas of strength and areas of concern, highlighting what a family is doing well and areas where they may need support. It also identifies where neglect is impacting on a child or young person’s development potential and their emotional health and well-being.

We have trained over 400 professionals to use the GCP2 and to identify and understand the impact of neglect.

We have run two multi-agency neglect conferences which were held in July 2018 and July 2019 and saw the coming together of over 250 professionals from across the partnership to discuss neglect and hear from key speakers in relation to neglect, obesity, dental health and attachment in the neglected child.    

Along with the NSPCC, BMBC has led a communication campaign working with the local published newspaper to highlight neglect and what we are doing about it. Additionally, an online seminar, was hosted by ‘Social Work Matters’, which is a programme that aims to attract and support social workers, in addition to improving social work practice and delivery across the Yorkshire and Humber region. All 15 local authorities have come together in a unique way to drive up industry standards and champion the vital role of children’s social work.

As a result of the multi-agency work, neglect is being talked about across agencies and there is a better understanding of the identification and impact of neglect.  

Effective use of the strategy and GCP2 assessment tool is supporting partners and practitioners across the spectrum of need to ensure that neglect is recognised and responded to consistently, at the right time and by the right people for the child and family. 

Simple and clear referral pathways have been established, with practice guidance that supports the recognition, assessment and management of neglect and contributes to evidence based, timely and appropriate identification of services to meet the need of the child and family.  Professionals in early help, school settings and other areas such as housing are using the GCP2 to evidence the help families need and to measure progress made.

Use of GCP2 in child protection case conference and in the court arena is providing evidence in order to ensure plans made for a child are right and do not contribute to drift and delay.

In our most recent feedback from the training 83% of participants found the training very good and 100% would recommend the training to other professionals.

Regular multi-agency audits of children living with neglect are helping to triangulate the effectiveness of the strategy and inform future training and development needs of the workforce in tackling one of our biggest, single challenges.

Opportunities for improvement or future developments

We want children in Barnsley to be protected from neglectful parenting and to help parents/carers understand what good parenting looks like by working with families in a way in which they can understand what needs to change.

We want professionals to be able to identify neglect at the earliest opportunity in order that children and families receive the right help and support at the right time.

Going forward we want to harness the quality of communities to help to identify neglect in order that no child is left in a situation of being neglected and this impacting upon their life chances.

Resources and supporting documents



Mental health admissions

Why this is important

One in ten children aged 5 to 16 years has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem and, of adults with long-term mental health problems, half will have experienced their first symptoms before the age of 14.

Self-harming and substance abuse are known to be much more common in children and young people with mental health disorders – with ten percent of 15 to 16 year olds having self-harmed.

Failure to treat mental health disorders in children can have a devastating impact on their future, resulting in reduced job and life expectations.

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

Barnsley’s current rate (2017/18) for hospital admissions of 0 to 17 year olds for mental health disorders (67.7 per 100,000) is lower than the England average of 84.7 per 100,000.

In terms of numbers, the rate of 67.7 per 100,000 represents 34 hospital admissions for Barnsley residents (aged 0 to 17) during 2017/18 for mental health disorders.

When compared to other local authorities within the Yorkshire and Humber region, Barnsley is ranked 6th highest out of 15.

When compared to similar local authorities, Barnsley is ranked 7th out of 16 (where 1 is the lowest rate).

View the trend and comparator data charts.

Resources and supporting documents