Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)

Who are we?

The Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) team are mental health workers trained in helping children, young people and their families manage their mental health difficulties. We aim to help build up emotional wellbeing and resilience in young people and their families.

What problems can we help with?

We can help with mild-moderate symptoms of:
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CWPs offer guided self-help strategies to try to help you manage these problems and stop them from developing into more severe difficulties. Throughout our sessions we will support you in learning strategies which you will then be able to take away with you and continue using after our sessions are finished.

You could say that guided self-help is like learning to ride a bike – we’ll be your stabilisers during our sessions together, helping you work towards riding the bike on your own.

What do the sessions look like?

  • Adolescent anxiety and low mood guided self-help consists of 8 structured sessions. Some are an hour long, and some are shorter and may be on the phone or by video.
  • Child anxiety guided self-help consists of 7 sessions with the parent(s) or carer(s) spread over 12 weeks. 4 of these sessions are an hour, and others are shorter.
  • Behavioural difficulty guided self-help consists of 7 sessions which are an hour long with the parent(s) or carer(s).

    • Sessions may take place at CAMHS or via video call (the options will be discussed with you)
    • The CWP will explore with you how to understand your difficulties
    • They will help you to set goals which you will then work towards together
    • There is also between-session practice to do when learning new strategies

How to make a referral

If this sounds like the right service for you or your child, please call the Islington Children’s Services Contact Team on 020 7527 3355 to refer to the Social Emotional Mental Health Pathway and complete their request for service form by following this link.
Last updated31 Aug 2023
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