Child Wellbeing Support

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In line with the government’s priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the new Child Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people, working from within the Isle of Wight’s Early Help Service, and linking to the wider Isle of Wight Child and Young people’s Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) Collaborative.

The Child Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) is a new role which has been developed and rolled out by the London and South East CYP IAPT learning collaborative within children and young people's mental health and social care services across London and the South East of England. The programme is a response to the target for offering evidence based intervention to 70,000 more children and young people annually by 2020, by training 1700 staff in evidence-based treatments, outlined in ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.' Barnardo’s have been successful in obtaining funding to train three CWPs, recruited from and working within its Early help Service on the Isle of Wight.

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The CWP role provides additional resource to support and intervene with children and young people experiencing common low-level mental health difficulties. It is specifically designed to provide early intervention to better address emerging mental health needs. The role is intended to provide brief, evidence based interventions at an early stage of need to improve outcomes and reduce the need for future, more costly specialist interventions. This is provided in the form of guided self-help to address mild to moderate anxiety, depression or behavioural problems.

CWPs will play a key role within Early Help services, supporting children and young people, both individually and in groups, with a particular focus on supporting young carers and the children of families receiving intensive family support.


West & Central Hub
East Newport Family Centre
PO30 2AX

01983 529208

North East Wight Hub
Ryde Family Centre
George Street
PO33 2JF

01983 617617

South Wight Hub
Sandown Family Centre
The Fairway
PO36 9EQ

01983 408718


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