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CQC Publishes Initial Review of Mental Health Services for Children & Young People

The Care Quality Commission has published its first stage of its Government commissioned review of mental health services for children and young people in England.

This report looks at the quality and accessibility of mental health services for children and young people, and summarises the current state of public knowledge of this area.

CQC has drawn on existing reports and research, along with inspections of children and young people’s mental health services and conversations with young people who use these services to examine its strengths and weaknesses.

The report found that children and young people face difficulty in accessing these services, and so do not receive the care they need when they need it.

CQC’s next phase is undertaking a field review of children and young people’s mental health services, to identify what helps them achieve, what hinders them and improvements in the quality of care. They will then make recommendations to encourage improvement in the mental health system once the thematic review is published in March 2018.

Read more about the report here.

KDC’s Big Pathway wins Community Project of the Year award!


Keri Romano, Project Coordinator holding the trophy, next to Joyce Greaves, CEO who are both flanked by Neil Fitzmaurice, compere for the event and Jane Trevithick from Anthony Collins Solicitors who sponsored the award.

Keri Romano, Project Coordinator holding the trophy, next to Joyce Greaves, CEO who are both flanked by Neil Fitzmaurice, compere for the event and Jane Trevithick from Anthony Collins Solicitors who sponsored the award.

We are delighted to announce that KDC’s Big Pathway project received the award for Community Project of 2017 at the 11th Annual First Ark Impact Awards last Friday.

The award recognises the Big Pathway as a project “that really stands out and has made a difference within your community”.

We were so proud to be acknowledged amongst lots of fantastic community groups and services from across Merseyside. The Big Pathway has enabled 47 adults with Learning Disabilities to build their self-confidence, learn new skills and work towards getting into paid employment. Read more here. The award will hopefully help to secure further funding to run a second programme in 2018.

Special mention goes to the runners up, the Opening Doors Befriending Service which is combating social isolation through its volunteers who support and encourage elderly people to get out and about at least once a week.

A new programme will be launched in 2018 and we are looking for volunteer support. If you are interested, then click here for more details.

Keri Romano and Joyce Greaves collect First Ark Impact AwardFirst Ark Impact Award TrophyFirst Ark Impact Awards Ceremony on Friday 3rd November 2017


KDC’s Big Pathway nominated for Community Project of the Year!


Tomorrow sees the 11th Annual First Ark Impact Awards and we are delighted that KDC’s Big Pathway project has been shortlisted for the Community Project of the Year. We are up against some fantastic charities from across Merseyside who all make a tremendous difference to people’s lives and it’s great to have the chance to be recognised.

Wish us luck!

Read more about the project and why it’s been nominated (link to BIG Pathway)

Personal Health Budget (PHB) holder funding

If you receive a Personal Health Budget (PHB) from the NHS to employ a personal assistant (PA), you can apply for funding from Skills for Care.

The funding can be used for care related training to help you as an employer, or to develop the skills of your PAs.

It can cover the costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring replacement support whilst your usual PA attends training.

Read how other employers have used the fund and see examples of training and qualifications they could fund.

If you employ a PA using your own money or through a direct payment, you can also apply for the funding. Visit the individual employer funding page.


How can I apply?

To apply for funding, you’ll need to complete the application form and send it to Skills for Care. You can download this as a:

You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the conditions on the grant.

You must send this application form with all necessary documents before 5pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Any training that you want to be funded must be started by 31 March 2018.


The Skills for Care guidance document will explain more about the funding and how to complete your application. This is also available as an easy read guidance.

You can ask for assistance to complete the application form, but only you as the employer can agree to the condition of the grant.  You might find the frequently asked questions about personal budget holder funding useful.

What can I apply for?

  • You can apply for funding to develop the skills of yourself and your personal assistant.
  • The fund will cover the direct costs of training and qualifications, travel and the cost of hiring a replacement PA.

This funding cannot be used to fund training for health care tasks included in your care plan.

The costs and delivery of training for these essential tasks must be met by the NHS organisation issuing the budget.

What happens next?

Skills for Care will consider all applications for funding on a case by case basis. If successful, they will usually notify you within 30 days and arrange payment directly into your bank account.

This funding will close on 31 March 2018.


Other support for PHB holders

The Skills for Care Information hub for individual employers and PAs has lots of practical resources and advice to support PHB holders who employ their own PAs.

Feedback from the Good Employer Workshops

Housing and Health – Tuesday 17th October, 10am-12pm at St Aloysius, Crossword Crescent, Huyton, L36 2QE.

The Knowsley Engagement Forum would like to invite community members to an engagement session focussing on the relationship between housing and health. Housing can have a major impact on health with the right home being essential to health and wellbeing in a variety of ways. Public Health England has identified 4 areas to understand the relationship between housing and health;

• A healthy home
• A suitable home
• A stable, secure home
• Healthy communities and neighbourhoods

The session will aim to listen to community members views on the link between housing and health in Knowsley and will contribute to the update of the housing Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

The session will take place on Tuesday 17th October 2017, at St Aloysius, Crossword Crescent, Huyton, L36 2QE.

Please circulate the invitation widely among your networks.

If you would like to attend, please contact through email or on 0151 449 3954.

Jen Casey
Engagement Officer – Knowsley Engagement Forum & Partnership Boards
Tel: 0151 449 3954

The Old School House,
St. Johns Road,
L36 0UX

Safeguarding Training

Being disabled in Britain

Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal

(Equality and Human Rights Commission report)

Being disabled in Britain is a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. It builds on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory five-yearly report on equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales, Is Britain Fairer?.

We want this report to be used by UK and devolved governments to make improvements to law and policies, by local government to ensure services meet the needs of disabled people, and by disability groups to strengthen their case for change.

The report includes chapters on six areas of life, including education, work, health, justice and participation in politics, looking at where there has been progress and where there are still serious issues to be tackled. It also looks the experiences of those with different impairments and how these impact on people’s life chances.

We have also produced supporting data tables of the evidence behind the report.



read the report here  or on the picture below

Being Disabled in Britain


Autism & Mental Health Documentary

As part of their community project, a recent cohort of Prince’s Trust 16 – 25 year-olds decided to create a video to raise awareness of autism and associated mental health issues in Knowsley.

Carer’s Rights and the Care Act 2014

Carers Rights
and the Care Act 2014

Luke Clements

The Care Act 2014 repeals most of the principal adult social care statutes (as they apply in England ) – the laws that oblige social services’ departments to assess and to provide services for disabled, elderly and ill adults as well as their carers.

A major problem with the 2014 Act is revealed in its long title – namely that it is an ‘Act to make provision to reform the law relating to care and support for adults and the law relating to support for carers … .’ The problem being in the word ‘adults’: many of the ‘community care’ and ‘carers’ statutes also had provisions relating to children (ie young carers; disabled children and parent carers). As a result of a vigorous campaign by a number of disabled children’s and carers’ activists / organisations many of the problems concerning the rights of young carers, disabled children and parent carers have been addressed – but in large measure via the Children and Families Act 2014. These changes are considered at the end of these notes under the heading ‘Provisions relating to disabled children, young carers and parent carers’

read the full report