New Models of Care for Children and Young People in crisis

Children and young people get the best quality of care when they are in their communities, supported by friends, families and local services. If a child or young person is becoming unwell and may need to be admitted, we will look for alternative support and treatment that would allow them to be safely managed at home, close to their family and friends.

When this is not possible and when it becomes absolutely necessary, a hospital bed is needed. In such cases, hospital is the safest place for the young person. This is not an error on the parent’s/family’s part, but a logical next step in keeping the young person safe.

When hospital admission is needed, the New Models of Care project aims to place children and young people, in a crisis, at a hospital as close to home as possible and for the shortest time possible. This is by making sure the right care is in place so that the young person can get back to their family as soon as they are well enough.

We believe this new partnership will help to improve the way we plan and deliver care to young people and their families.

For more information about the New Models of Care please refer to the fact sheet (opens PDF) which has more information about:

  • How the New Models of Care is implemented
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Hospital guidelines
  • Explanation of key terms
  • Feedback and comments from ex-patients