YoungMinds is working with NHS England to support the participation of parents and carers in improving mental health services for children and young people.

The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (referred to as CYP IAPT) within NHS England recognises that parents have a critical role to play in shaping and informing the services that are offered to children and young people.

YoungMinds will be working with the CYP IAPT National Programme Team and the five regional hubs that currently work with 82 CAMHS partnerships (this includes Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, CAMHS, in the NHS, voluntary organisations and local authorities and includes the 15 new partnerships recruited in 2014) to develop excellent practice involving parents to improve:

  • joint decision making around the type of treatment received by the child or young person
  • availability and accessibility of services
  • overall experience and opportunities to feedback and comment on services

YoungMinds will work with all of the partners involved to ensure services take on board what parents say about what works to improve service delivery on the ground. All materials and resources will be co-developed and tested thoroughly with parents.

YoungMinds will be developing and publishing an online toolkit that will help services build the case for, and implement, effective parent participation.


Key themes emerging from initial research and conversations with parents are presented in a short powerpoint presentation.

YoungMinds have grouped the experiences and ideas under 5 headings:

  • Communications
  • Access and Equality & Diversity
  • Leadership and Service Development
  • Workforce development
  • Engagement methods.


YoungMinds are looking for parents to be involved in this work with us to help shape and inform what they do.


13:44, 11 Apr 2016 by Jo Maye

Carers are invited to share their views on

"Supporting carers to get back into work"

Friday 6th May, 12.00pm to 1.30pm

at Noble Centre, 109a Blagdon Road, New Malden KT3 4BD

Lunch provided 

Carers Trust and London Network Partners are working together to develop a programme to support carers in tackling the barriers to find/stay in/return to work. We would like to get your views to help us develop the appropriate activities that will make a real difference to carers. At the moment we are trying to evidence views to inform and shape the delivery of the programme.

We would like to invite you to come along to a focus group to talk about your experiences, in order to gain a deeper understanding about the barriers carers face in accessing & maintaining employment

The focus group is open to all carers of working age between 25 and 65, employed or unemployed. We are especially interested in speaking to carers ages 50-65, male and female.

Light refreshments will be provided.

You will be reimbursed for out of pocket travel expenses.

We are also able to provide a sitting service for you, if needed.

Carers who attend the focus group will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher.

If you are interested please contact Jo on 020 3031 2751 or

09:37, 07 Apr 2016 by Jo Maye


Kingston Council is warning residents to be on the look-out for a website charging disabled people for their Blue Badge application.

‘Blue Badge Online’ requests applicants to provide details of their disability, proof of identification, including address plus a payment for £49.50.

Kingston Council, along with all other London authorities is warning residents to stay away from the website. When searching for the term “Blue Badge” in Google the Blue Badge Online website comes up first. If selected the following message appears:

“Blue Badge Online is not affiliated with any Government agency or Council. This website provides an assistance service only, that costs £49.”

The website has received 58 complaints registered on the national Citizens Advice Consumer Services (CACS) database over the past two years. It is unclear as to what assistance if any is actually provided and there have been some reports that some applications have not progressed further than completion and payment.

The reality is that there is no need for disabled residents to pay any fee when applying for Blue Badges and this can be done for free direct via

Councillor Andy Johnson-Creek, Cabinet Member for Trading Standards at Kingston Council said:

“I urge residents to stay away from websites such as these which prey on the elderly and vulnerable in our community to part with their money unnecessarily. The easiest and safest way to apply is by going to which can also be accessed via Kingston Council’s website Blue Badge applications should be free and I urge all residents to stay from this misleading website Blue Badge Online.”

Full details about how to apply for a Blue Badge, see apply for Blue Badge parking or call 0844 463 0213.

A £10 administration fee does apply but only where applications have been processed and approved.

If you have used Blue Badge Online please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 for help and advice.

12:46, 19 Feb 2016 by Jo Maye


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