Positive Steps Walsall

Positive Steps

Positive StepsThe Positive Steps Team in Walsall work in various ways, both individually and in groups with children and young people (CYP) age 5-18 and their families.  The Team work with early onset presentation (in the last 6 – 12 months) of emotional health needs. This means working with pre mental health diagnosis providing early intervention in areas of anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, anger management in secondary school age young people and low level OCD. This individual work is carried out over 5 to 6 sessions. Under the umbrella of Positive Steps the team have key practitioners (IAPT) who deliver 12 sessions where the need is more complex but is still pre mental health.

Children and young people can be referred into the team via an established pathway, through the GP service or Walsall School Nursing Service. Each individual referral will be screened and a decision made to either see the CYP in an initial Choice Assessment in order to conduct a full holistic assessment of the presenting emotional health needs before commencing the individual sessions.

The Team also work closely with Schools in Walsall delivering on an evolving core offer, which currently includes wellbeing assemblies, parent workshops/coffee mornings, teacher workshops and stress workshops.  The key element of Positive Steps is about pre mental health early intervention to help prevent the young person progressing on to having a mental health diagnosis.