Improving mental health and emotional wellbeing support for children and young people in care.

8th February 2017

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has been commissioned by the Department of Health to manage an ambitious project to improve the experiences of looked after children and young people, care leavers and children adopted from care with mental health and wellbeing difficulties.

The overall aim of the project is to ensure that the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people in care, those adopted from care or under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO), and care leavers are better met.

The project started in May 2016, and will run until October 2017. During this period, the Expert Group will meet eight times and will be focused on developing the care pathways, models of care and quality principles.

The Expert Group is co-chaired by Peter Fonagy and Alison O’Sullivan and combines the knowledge of experienced professionals - including Cathy James (MST Programme Lead) - from the health, social care, academic and voluntary sectors, people who use services, together with the SCIE project team. 

For more information about this work, or to get involved, please visit