Support for 11-16 year-olds

Guidance for professionals on support for 11-16 year-olds.

1 Overview

The IPEH service's progressive 'universal' offer is developed on the West Sussex Continuum of Need and the Healthy Child Programme's four levels of service. This means some services are open to all children and families, while other elements of the offer are more targeted and specialist.

The universal offer is available to all children, young people and families in addition to any targeted or specialist support that they may be receiving at levels 2 and/or 3.

If you require further information, please contact your local IPEH hub.

Note: Depending on whether an 11 year-old attends junior or secondary school, or a 16 year-old attends secondary school or college, our offer for 11 and 16 year-olds can overlap.

2 Level 1 (universal services)

Level 1 universal services are available to all children, young people and families.

For 11-16 year-olds, they include:

  • a universal health questionnaire for all pupils in years 7 and 10
  • access to the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme
  • access to the Youth Cabinet and West Sussex Youth Parliament
  • access to Find It Out services
  • access to the ChatHealth texting service
  • access to the Your Space website
  • access to Free Your Mind – young people’s emotional health and wellbeing campaign group
  • the offer of a termly conversation for each school
  • support for schools on delivering relationship and sex education and other personal, social and health education
  • mobile provision in selected rural locations.

3 Level 2

Level 2 services are available on a needs basis in addition to the level 1 universal offer.

For 11-16 year-olds, they include:

  • referrals to other agencies/specialist services
  • advice or support on an identified health need such as emotional health, sexual health, minor illness/accident prevention or behaviour (6-8 sessions, either 1-1 or in a small group)
  • support from the Healthy Futures team for vulnerable children, young people and families with complex child development, health, emotional, and social needs
  • access to the Youth Emotional Support (YES) service for young people aged 11-18 who have issues that are affecting their wellbeing
  • 1-1 or small group work as a follow up to the health questionnaire for years 7 or 10 
  • follow up support for attendance at A&E, minor injuries or urgent treatment centres
  • parenting support programmes, either 1-1 or in a group
  • health care plan support for individual students with medical conditions in school following an identified need or a school's request (the school will lead on this)
  • evidence based 1-1 and small group support specifically for young people. These focus on strengths and promote positive behaviour change, including resilience, emotional health and wellbeing, behaviour, bullying, anxiety and anger.

4 Level 3

Level 3 services are available on a needs basis in addition to the universal and level 2 offer.

For 11 - 16 year-olds, they include:

  • information, support, advice and signposting from West Sussex Young Carers service, which supports young carers aged 5-18
  • advice or support on an identified health need such as emotional or sexual health, medical conditions or behaviour (6-8 sessions, either 1-1 or in a small group)
  • Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) support for young parents
  • Youth Emotional Support (YES) service for young people aged 11-18
  • specialist YES workers for those moving out of a secure children’s home, and high risk adolescents who are at risk of being placed in secure accommodation
  • youth homeless prevention support for 16-17 year-olds that present as homeless. Help is also provided to resolve housing issues and refer the young person on for further support if required.

5 Level 4

Level 4 services are delivered in addition to the universal and levels 2 and 3 service offer as part of a 'specialist' delivery offer.

For 11-16 year-olds, they include:

  • Youth Offending Services
  • health support for children and young people who are subject to a child protection plan
  • enhanced Healthy Child Programme service delivery to all children who are looked after
  • youth emotional support (YES) specialist workers for young people aged 11-18 who are moving out of secure children’s homes, and high risk adolescents who are at risk of being placed in secure accommodation
  • 1-1 support or intervention with a child, young person or family where there is an identified health and safeguarding need, such as a child protection plan, child and family plan, Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), Missing and Child Sexual Exploitation (MaCSE) involvement, or the child or young person is looked after.

6 Referrals

GPs can access help and support for children and young people by making a direct referral. Please use the relevant form provided on the section linked below.

Information for GPs
Last updated:
20 August 2019
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