Children and Young People

We are working together to make sure children and young people living in Norfolk and Waveney get the best possible start in life. One of our priorities is making sure there are high quality physical and mental health services in place and by working together, we can collectively make the biggest difference to the lives of children and young people living locally.

To improve services for children and young people we:

  • Reviewed child and adolescent mental health services and are creating a much more integrated system. Read more here.
  • Have invested £100m of capital funding for new special educational needs schools and units in mainstream schools in Norfolk, so that more children are taught closer to where they live and get the support they need.
  • Are providing greater support to more isolated children and families in need of help and advice, through increased local support, easier to access information and crucial outreach work, through Norfolk’s Early Childhood and Family Service.
  • Are working together to improve social mobility, reduce health inequalities and tackle social exclusion.

Local service information

Just One Norfolk

Just One Norfolk is the ‘go to’ website for information about childhood health in Norfolk. The information it includes covers:

  • Pregnancy
  • Childhood illnesses
  • Staying Safe
  • Child Development and Additional Needs
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Emotional Health
  • Return to School
  • Bereavement Support

You can also call the Just One Number for information on 0300 300 0123 (open 8am – 6pm, Monday – Friday and 9am – 1pm Saturday).

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) offers help and support to children, young people and their families about emotional and behavioural difficulties, including mental health problems. You can find out more about this service here.

The Norfolk and Waveney CAMHS Local Transformation Plan has been assured by NHS England, you can read it here.

SEND Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

The Children and Families Act 2014 places statutory duties on the NHS, both health commissioners, and providers, to work with the local authority to provide the best support to disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs aged 0-25 years. This includes:

  • Early identification of children and young people with SEND and notification to the appropriate local authority (LA)
  • Early support offered to children, young people, and their families with SEND and support to others involved in their health care needs.
  • Develop effective ways to gain views of children, young people, families & local communities of user experience with SEND.
  • Contribute to the Education, Health, and Care needs assessment led by the local authority.· Work with LA to contribute to the SEND Local Offer
  • Work in partnership with the local authorities, children, young people and their families to participate in commissioning services to meet the identified needs and improve outcomes for those with SEND. To find out more click here for Norfolk, and here for Suffolk.

SEND e-learning

This e-learning course has been designed to support the professional development of those who work, or are training, in the field of SEND. It gives learners a foundation knowledge and understanding of SEND for children and young people age 0-25.

Neurodevelopmental Services

Neurodevelopmental services in Norfolk and Waveney see children where there are concerns regarding possible neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). You can find out more about these services here.

This information pack has been produced by staff from health and education to provide advice and guidance for schools about how to support children who may have a neurodiversity.

This guide provides advice for parents about neurodevelopmental assessments, and has been co-produced with members of Norfolk and Waveney Neurodevelopmental Stakeholder Group.

Asthma Factsheet

Healthwatch Suffolk carried out a survey about asthma for children and young people in Waveney.  Participants requested a guide to asthma and signposting in one place.  Based on this feedback, we created an asthma factsheet for children and young people, which features information about symptoms, when to seek a health professional, and a guide on what to do during an asthma attack. You can view and download the factsheet here.