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How we 'Think Family' at SABP

New look CAMHS website

Surrey’s local offer for children and young people with SEND

CAMHS Rights and Participation Team short-listed for national award

Read the latest e-newsletters from children and young people’s services

Love shouldn't hurt - helping victims of domestic abuse

Surrey County Council signs up to the Mental Health Challenge
news from CYA
Magazines for children and young people

Latest and greatest from CYA
Effects of FGM - so much more than skin deep
Help for teachers and CAMHS professionals in dealing with FGM
The effects of FGM - so much more than skin deep    Help for teachers and CAMHS professionals in dealing with FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes referred to as female circumcision, refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The practice is illegal in the UK and carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison for anyone found guilty of the offence.

Studies have found that the mutilation can contribute to the development of psychiatric disorders, especially post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Around 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year however the true extent is unknown, due to the "hidden" nature of the crime. 

The girls may be taken to their countries of origin so that FGM is often carried out on girls during the summer.  The long holiday gives them time to recover before returning to school. It is also feared that some girls may have FGM performed on them in the UK.

Help for teachers and CAMHS professionals in dealing with FGM

 One of the most sustainable ways of promoting the safety of girls and young women and seeking to prevent FGM is to make it a key component of the school’s PSHE education curriculum.


This can be done within, or as part of, sex and relationships education or as part of a topic on personal safety.


The PSHE Association website has a section dedicated to supporting schools and teachers with addressing FGM.  This includes the signs to look out for if a child may be at risk of FGM or has been subjected to it and a KS3 PSHE lesson plan on FGM.


The safeguarding responsibilities of school staff and the procedures to follow if FGM is suspected can be found in statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education.

The NSPCC website also has FGM factsheets, provides advice and support and a 24 hour FGM Helpline. You can call 0800 028 3550 to report concerns or get further information and advice from trained professionals.

For a variety of FGM resources for professionals, visit the Home Office website and for more information on FGM and safeguarding subscribe to the Healthy Schools e-newsletter.

Written with Sarah Lyles PSHE and Inclusion Curriculum Consultant, Babcock 4S


Written by Mayvis Oddoye, Consultant Nurse, Safeguarding Children , Surrey and Borders Partnership

At the Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP) our priority is the welfare and safety of children and their families. 

With this in mind we have been promoting the ‘Think Family’ philosophy.

This involves not only focusing on the individual referred to the service (child or adult) but establishing the impact of that individual’s condition on other members of the family. 

We will then signpost anyone requiring support to the appropriate agency.


We also work closely with other agencies and service providers to ensure that the needs of children with mental health and/or learning disability are met.

We ensure that our staff are properly trained in the safeguarding of children, the reporting of any safeguarding incidents and ensure robust monitoring through supervision and good caseload management so that children’s rights and welfare are protected and maintained.

For more information on how SABP work in partnership with other agencies visit the SABP website

Useful information for parents, carers, children and young people together with procedures and resources for professionals can also be found on Surrey County Council’s Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board web pages.


New look CAMHS website
Find out about the smart new makeover

The CAMHS website has been re-designed and has a new look and feel following consultation with parents, children, young people and professionals. 

Take a look on   and let us know what you think.

Visitors will also be able to find out more about other health-related topics such as alcohol, drugs and healthy eating as the website now apears on the Healthy Surrey domain.  

They will also be able to see that CAMHS is part of the wider ‘health and wellbeing’ agenda and not a separate stand-alone issue.  This will help to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

All your favourites will still be on the website including Feeling Good Week, pages for professionals, parents and carers and children and young people.  Updates to the site will continue over the next few weeks.

If you have any content that you think would be useful to include on the site for children, young people, parents, carers or professionals, please email


Surrey’s local offer for children and young people with SEND
It’s now easier for families and young people to find and use services that will benefit them


The Children and Families Act 2014 requires all organisations involved in special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to work in a more coordinated way.

The main changes under the new act are that young people with SEND (whose needs are at a high level and meet a certain criteria) will be supported by a new single education, health and care plan instead of the current statements of special educational needs.

Additionally, clear, up to date information about the range of services for children and young people must now be made available in one place.

The new legislation responds to feedback from families who found it hard to get the support they needed because services aren’t 'joined up'.

This lack of coordination means they have to manage relationships with a range of different practitioners and tell their story to lots of different people.

Surrey County Council has worked in partnership with children and young people, parents and carers, schools, colleges, health and social care agencies to drawn up a local offer which is a guide to all the services available locally to children, young people and their families and how to access them.  The aim was to improve choice and clarity for everyone. It is also an important resource for professionals.

For more information see the SEND guide which was produced with parent-carer forum Family Voice. Hard copies have been sent to schools to distribute to parents. You can also visit the Surrey County Council SEND webpages or see the Surrey local offer website at to find out what is available in your area.


CAMHS Rights and Participation Team short-listed for national award
Recognising and celebrating the team's success

The CAMHS Rights and Participation Team have been short-listed forThe Children and Young People Now awards, a nationally-recognised annual awards that have become the gold standard for everyone working with children and young people initiatives in the public, private and voluntary sector.

The award aims to recognise and celebrate the success of the many innovative and inspiring projects that have been delivered across the UK.


Some of the team at this year's CYA Awards

The team has been short-listed under the Health and Wellbeing category, which is an excellent achievement. The award is presented to the group or organisation that has worked on an initiative that has made the biggest contribution to children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

This category includes work in areas such as obesity, sexual health, mental health, alcohol and substance misuse, as well as in managing life-limiting conditions or chronic clinical conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

The Children and Young People Now Awards ceremony will be taking place on the 20th November in London.



Children’s Services CSF newsletter

The Children, Schools and Families e-newsletter is out now. 

This issue covers SSCB news, internet safety, healthy eating, substance abuse and various resources available for children, young people and families.

Way Ahead e-bulletin and magazine

Get the weekly Way Ahead e-bulletin and Way Ahead magazine from the Early Years and Childcare Service for information and updates for early years practitioners, playworkers, home-based childcarers and Sure Start Children's Centres staff in Surrey.

October Parents' Pages 5 to 19 e-bulletin out now!

The latest edition covers issues such as apprenticeships, opportunities for young people, whether A&E is the best place to go for medical advice, local debt advice and support and much more.

Parents’ Pages 5 to 19 is a dedicated e-bulletin for parents, carers and grandparents of 5 to 19 year olds (up to 25 years old for young people with a special educational need or a disability) and goes out each half term.

Parents, carers and professionals can sign up here to receive a copy direct to their inbox.


Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board e-newsletter

Read the latest Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board e-newsletter here

This issue covers the latest serious case review reports, general SSCB news, internet safety, substance abuse and various resources available for children, young people and families. It also has details of the new SSCB website.

You can download the autumn 2014 issue now or email to be added to the distribution list.




This year's Domestic Abuse Awareness Week started on 13 October and throughout the week, Surrey County Council raised awareness of the help available to victims of domestic abuse and those who may be worried about a friend or family member.


This year’s theme, ‘Love shouldn’t hurt’, encourages everyone, especially young people, to be more aware of controlling behaviour in their personal relationships. The week also aims to help victims understand that domestic abuse is not their fault and that no one should have to face it alone.

Watch and share the new Surrey Against Domestic Abuse video called 'Love Shouldn't Hurt' which highlights some of the signs of an unhealthy relationship.

For more information about the support and advice available in Surrey to help victims of domestic abuse and their loved ones, visit the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse website.

Surrey County Council has signed up to The Mental Health Challenge, a national initiative to enable councils to promote mental health across all of their boundaries.

This challenge is supported by Centre for Mental Health, Mind, Royal College of Psychiatrists and other national mental health organisations.

One of the first actions is to identify a councillor as a champion and Richard Walsh has enthusiastically taken up the role. His first priority is to promote the messages of Time to Change Surrey, to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems and their families.

Working with the commissioner for adult mental health services in Adult Social Care, Richard is developing an action plan to ensure Surrey County Council delivers the mental health challenge and is sharing the good work in Surrey with other mental health champions in a national network of councils.

Read all about it

Our Voice

‘Our Voice’ edition 11 has been completed and will be available soon in CAMHS clinics around Surrey. 


Our Voice in School

‘Our Voice in School’ magazine is filled with personal stories on topics including anxiety, insomnia and features some basic facts on many mental health issues to help raise awareness and reduce stigma in schools. 

The new magazine will be handed out to students at our CYA in Schools talks. 


Road to CAMHS

‘Road to CAHMS’ is a magazine specifically for young people to read before going into CAMHS. 

It is written by young people who have already been through CAMHS and want to share their experiences.  We are due to publish the Over 12 edition and Under 12 edition in October.


Dementia Friendly

The team recently brought together young people from CYA and older people with dementia for an afternoon of activities. 

We have organised fortnightly group meetings at the Anchor Care Home in Woking to continue working on the project which connects generations while breaking down the stigma of dementia.


Parent Involvement

Parent Involvement meetings had a short break over the summer and meetings are now set up for the rest of 2014.

If you are a parent or carer and would like to join the group,


CYA Woking

CYA Woking  has been working on a variety of consultation work and CYA projects including a young peoples’ commissioning pack, CYA Awards poster and nomination forms, Our Voice magazines, CAMHS procurement survey and more!

The group is now going to be meeting each week instead of monthly.


CYA West

CYA west is now meeting regularly and is planning to work on several of CYA projects as well as looking to develop some of their own!

The group is focusing on how to recruit more members and has created posters to encourage people to join.


CYA in schools talks

Letters have been sent out to schools in Surrey giving information on what the talks are and how to book them.

We have two talks booked for 2014/15 and hope to have many more booked soon. Please contact the team for more information.


Peer mentoring

The team has plans to expand the current peer mentoring project that currently focus on helping young people socially and emotionally to also include supporting young people with work skills, helping young people to get ready for employment and support in looking for work experience.

At first this will just be for young people in the north west of Surrey and we hope to expand this. Please contact the team for a referral form.  


CYA Awards 2015

We have already started planning for the CYA Awards 2015. The date has been set for Friday 17 April at the HG Wells centre in Woking.

Nomination forms and posters will be out soon and we will begin to take nominations. Surrey Arts will be helping CYA members by holding music workshops to help them put together musical performances.



Six upload training dates have been planned for 2014/15. Upload training is an interactive training facilitated by young people and focused on service users’ perspectives.

The dates will be put onto the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) for SABP and CYPS staff to book places.


For more information on CYA visit our web pages on the new-look CAMHS website, email or call 01483 519 571.

Safeguarding children work is complex and challenging.

Peer review provides a forum for paediatricians to discuss child protection cases to ensure the management of the child meets accepted standards of practice. 

Find out how to download your own copy of the Science Direct journal article.

A new FGM (female genital mutilation) prevention programme has been launched by the Department of Health and NHS England at the ‘Girl Summit’.

It is funded through the largest ever domestic funding package for FGM and is designed to improve the way in which the NHS tackles FGM and clarify the role of health professionals.

'Plan' is a child-centred community development organisation that works with children, their families, communities, organisations and local governments to bring about positive change. 

They launched their ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign earlier this month.  Through better family and community support and access to services for girls, they aim to support millions of girls to get the education, skills and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them.

Find out more about their Reduction of Female Genital Mutilation project and listen to and see more details of other projects.

Read more about Plan's projects and FGM in this Evening Standard article.

Read information on FGM collated by the government, including awareness-raising materials, lesson plans, assessments and guidelines for professionals working in the police, health, education and training sectors.

Information available includes a teachers’ pack for The FGM Game, an FGM questionnaire for health professionals, lesson plans and awareness programmes.

Read a practitioner’s toolkit for developing effective relationships with vulnerable young people

Action for Children has developed a toolkit which explores the skills and qualities which practitioners should have if they are to build effective professional relationships with vulnerable young people.

In a new YouTube video by a 25-year-old filmmaker, he and two other young people recount their personal stories of psychosis and the help they received from a mental health service for young people where they live in Sussex.

The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) has announced almost £5 million of development funding for new mental health projects for 10 to 14-year-old school pupils in 10 areas across England.

Area partnerships, bringing together young people, youth workers, charities, health commissioners, parents, teachers, GPs and local authorities, will use these pilot projects to work up long term plans that could benefit from up to £10 million of further Headstart funding.


Commissioning children’s public health services: understanding new local responsibilities – London, 11 November 2014

This event will explore what you can expect from the transition of responsibility for commissioning children’s public health services to local authorities and how you can prepare locally to manage the change.

Half day course, Crawley, West Sussex, Tuesday 11 November 2014

Held at Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6HG, this course is aimed at professionals and individuals working with bereaved children and young people who would like to know more about how to support them. 

It starts at 9.15am and finishes at 1.30 pm and costs £55 including refreshments.

To reserve a place please complete the attached booking form and return to  

Please book early as places are limited.

For more information see this leaflet.

The Quality Network for Community CAMHS’ National CAMHS Conference will be held on Wednesday 26 November but you will need to book your place by Wednesday 12 November.


 The conference is targeted at everyone working within community CAMH services, including learning disability services and intensive intervention and crisis teams. 

Professor Peter Fonagy, National Clinical Lead for CYP IAPT will be the keynote speaker and the day will include interactive workshops and presentations for clinicians to share key pieces of research and innovative practice.

It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with those working in CAMHS.


Visit the Quality Network for Community CAMHS’ website for more information including flier and booking form.Places are free of charge to 2014 QNCC members.  If you are interested in attending, please complete the booking form and return it to the QNCC team by Wednesday 12 November.

The final programme will be announced next week so see the website above for full details.

Ruby Wax talks about mental health at Surrey University
Thursday 27 November 2014, 7.30pm

Get tickets to see Ruby being interviewed about overcoming her personal demons

University of Surrey Physics Professor and Radio 4 Life Scientific presenter, Jim Al-Khalili, will interview special guest Ruby Wax as part of the University’s first ever Mental Health Awareness Week.

All ages are invited to attend - tickets cost £12.50 for Adults, £10 for concessions (Students, OAP, under 18's).

US-born comedian, actor and writer Ruby now works more widely as a mental health campaigner, seeking to put an end to the stigma surrounding mental health.

She will talk to Jim about her career, her experiences with clinical depression and how she has learnt to overcome her personal demons.

For more details and to buy tickets visit the University of Surrey’s website.

Emma Sweeney from the CAMHS Rights and Participation Team is throwing herself out of an aeroplane on Sunday 28 October to help raise money for the young people at CYA. 

Money raised will go towards the costs of a residential stay for a CYA working group at Sayer’s Croft. 

The time spent there will give them opportunity to work together, plan and prepare for next year’s CYA Awards whilst giving them the chance to build their confidence and make friends.

Their hard work will go towards an amazing evening to celebrate young people’s mental health achievements as well as recognising the work of their professional.

Please support Emma and the young people of CYA by donating via this link.  You will still be able to donate even if you read this after Emma has done her skydive. 

Thank you!


Jigsaw (South East) supports bereaved children, young people and their families and also those affected by a family member having a terminal diagnosis throughout Surrey and the surrounding areas.

Established in 2005, the charity provides children and their families with support, the chance to meet others in the same situation and teaches coping strategies.

They are looking for a part time Fundraising Co-ordinator and a part time Business Development Manager.  Both need to be passionate about the work of the charity and committed to making a difference to vulnerable children and young people.

Fundraising Co-ordinator role description

Business Development Manager role description

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2014.  Interviews will be held during the week of 8 December 2014.


For further information or to request an application form, please email Janey Treharne ( or call 01342 313895.

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