Young Advisors on the Criminal Justice System

Great opportunity for young adults with CJS experience to join a new national panel

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We are currently recruiting young adults aged 16-25 to join a national panel and become Young Advisors on the Criminal Justice System. This initiative is supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust as part of its T2A initiative.

The Young Advisors project is aimed at young adults aged 16-25 years with personal experience of the criminal justice system – including policing and arrest, youth offending, courts and custody. We’re looking for a diverse group of young people from different backgrounds and life experiences.

This is brilliant leadership opportunity for young adults who wish to develop their skills and experience, and make a positive difference. Young Advisors will travel to events in London (expenses paid) to work with decision-makers and experts. They will also play an important role in helping to gather the opinions of other young adults about the justice system. 

All the documents needed to apply for this opportunity are available via the links below. We’ve tried to make this simple and accessible for everyone. We would very much appreciate it if you could encourage any young person who you feel would benefit from this experience to apply, and support them to fill out the application if needed.

Young Advisors Consent Form

Young Advisors Application Form

Young Advisors Poster

Young Advisors Application Guidance Notes

If you have any questions about the application please contact

Please note, the deadline for application forms is Wednesday 14th March 2018                                      

BACP petition for access to trained counsellors to be provided in schools


In December 2017 the Department of Health and Department of Education in Westminster jointly published their green paper on Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.

Applying to England only, the paper sets out the Government’s ambition for children and young people’s mental health. It pays particular attention to the roles that schools and colleges can play in both providing services and improving outcomes.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) are particularly disappointed that the Government has not included a commitment to universal provision of school-based counselling. That is despite these being services available to all children across Wales and Northern Ireland and the Department for Education’s own expectation, set out in Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future, that all schools should provide access to counselling services.

They would like people to contact their MP to let them know that the Government is missing a golden opportunity to give all children and young people equal access to effective counselling interventions in our schools and colleges. The same rights as children and young people in Wales and Northern Ireland enjoy.

Please click here to sign the petition:


CAMHS Transformation update

Transformation well under way

Work to transform mental health services for children and young people living in Hertfordshire is well under way, with improvements already seen.

Waiting times have reduced and new early support services have started, with thousands of children and young people given emotional and wellbeing support in the last 12 months.

Following last year’s publication of the Government report Future in Mind, highlighting the national need to address gaps in mental health and wellbeing provision for children and young people, there was a local review of Hertfordshire’s support services, which included asking children, young people, parents and carers about their experiences.

The resulting CAMHS Transformation plan secured national funding to improve services over the next five years, with Hertfordshire’s two NHS clinical commissioning groups taking the lead.

Maria Nastri, CAMHS Transformation manager, explained: “We are developing a new approach that places an emphasis on prevention and early intervention and the delivery of services and interventions that offer swift, evidence-based and flexible support that looks holistically at the needs of the child or young person rather than focusing on a diagnosis or thresholds.

“The aim of the plan is to empower the system, increase capacity across it and up-skill children, young people, their families and professionals to be resilient, to be informed about support available and the choices they have and to understand what they can do to help themselves.”

 Key priorities are to:

•           focus on prevention and early intervention

•           improve access to psychological therapies

•           bring together education and mental health services with joint training

•           develop community eating disorder services

•           improve mental health services for women during pregnancy and within the first year after having a baby, known as the perinatal period, as there is a strong link between parental mental health and children’s mental health.

 Improvements launched already include, offering online counselling support for 10 to 25 year olds living in Hertfordshire, closer working with schools and training professionals across the county in young mental health first aid and infant mental health.

 There’s more information about Hertfordshire’s Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing is available at

Fiona Winspear

CAMHS transformation communications manager

Working on behalf of East & North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Valleys CCG

 Direct line:           07770 925981

Switchboard:      01707 361251



No judgement campaign launch

Hello Viewpoint Member

Today we’re launching a major new campaign, funded by the Department of Health, to reduce mental health stigma among teens and parents. 

One in ten young people will experience a mental health problem – that’s three in every classroom. But our research shows that over half (55%) of parents in England have never spoken to their children about the topic of mental health.

Our campaign includes advertising to reach 14-18 year olds and their parents to help start the conversation, as well as work in schools with the charity YoungMinds. 

Watch the national campaign videos online and visit our website to find out more.  

Best wishes, 

Lizz, Campaign Manager


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