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More than 1,000 Harrow children will get mental health support from Barnardo’s

Release Date: 30 Jun 2017

Children and young people in north west London who struggle with emotional and mental health will be offered specialist help through a pioneering new service being launched by Barnardo’s.

Harrow Horizons will provide focused support for more than 1,000 infants, primary school pupils and teenagers in the borough each year, with emotional health and wellbeing experts working directly in schools and the community to make sure children, young people and families can get the help they need.

Harrow 15-year-olds Ella Parsons, Angela Baird and Caitlin Panacides, who helped set up Barnardo's new Harrow Horizons emotional health and wellbeing service, with Barnardo’s workers Clare Pritchard and Hedviga David

The service will be run by Barnardo’s in partnership with the NHS and Harrow Council, and anyone will be able to make a referral - including teachers, parents, health professionals and young people themselves.

Teenagers who live and go to school in the area have been working with a team from the children’s charity to shape Harrow Horizons, and they surveyed fellow pupils to help choose the name of the service. They will be among the guests for the launch at its new base in Pinner Road, Harrow, on Monday, July 3.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan, who will officially launch Harrow Horizons, said:

I’m delighted that Barnardo’s is launching Harrow Horizons, which will help thousands of vulnerable children in this part of London work towards a positive future. By working closely with local schools and the community, we will reach out to young people in difficulty and reassure them that the support they need is close at hand.

Lynn Gradwell, Director of Barnardo’s in London, said:

Our understanding of the needs of children, young people and families in the communities in which we’re based drives all our work in London. In Harrow, young people are telling us they need help with emotional and mental health issues and they don’t want to feel stigmatised.

We’re lucky to have had really strong support from the NHS and Harrow Council in getting Harrow Horizons off the ground, and we’re confident that by working together we will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of young Londoners.

Genevieve Small, GP and Clinical Director Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

I am delighted to see the launch of this new service for the young people of Harrow by Barnardo’s. Harrow CCG have worked closely with the local authority and schools in Harrow to develop a service which will provide support for children and young people with emotional health and wellbeing needs.

We are pleased that this innovative service will be able to offer responsive care to our young people, close to their homes and schools. Young people will be encouraged to seek early support from Harrow Horizons; evidence shows us that early interventions can reduce the need for more complex mental health care.

Cllr Christine Robson, Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Young People, said:

This is what successful partnership working looks like. Together with Harrow’s CCG and local schools, we have commissioned a new service for young people that they can access at school – and they have helped us to design it. I am immensely pleased that Barnardo’s can take this forward for us and I am certain that this will truly enhance opportunities for young people to get help when and where they need it.

Barnardo’s has pioneered a new approach to schools-based counselling in other parts of the UK and is looking to develop this further by extending support to young people throughout London.

Harrow Horizons works with children and young people aged 0 to 18, and young people with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25 alongside their families. It is run by qualified clinicians, experienced practitioners and volunteers, providing confidential, focused, targeted support for those who need it most.

Referrals can be made by email, phone and face to face from young people themselves, parents/carers and professionals, including GPs and those working in schools, social care and the voluntary sector.

  • For more information please visit www.barnardos.org.uk/harrowhorizons, call 020 8427 1322 or email harrowhorizons@barnardos.org.uk Alternatively drop in to Harrow Horizons at The 21 Building, 21 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4ES.

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