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The Local Transformation Plan

The Local Transformation Plan for children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing in Berkshire West.

This document describes how as a local system, we are improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all children and young people across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. This is in line with the national ambition and principles set out in the government document “Future in Mind– promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing” (2015).

Our Local Transformation Plan is reviewed, refreshed and published annually, in line with the requirements of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the Green Paper.

The September 2021 refreshed version of the Berkshire West Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in Berkshire West submission is available here.

The newly updated Berkshire West Children and Young People's Mental Health Needs Assessment (2021) is available here.

In Spring 2014 Clinical Commissioning Groups in Berkshire asked service users, schools, doctors and mental health workers what they thought about local mental health services. 

Their responses suggested that many children, young people and their families thought that services weren’t good enough – explaining that waiting times were too long, that it was difficult to find out how to access help and sometimes there were delays in referrals.

This work was followed in March 2015 with a report by the government's Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce, called Future in Mind. Future in Mind set out the case for change in delivery of mental health services for children and young people. It's all about promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The report made recommendations for improving a number of things about mental health services for children and teenagers: the quality of services; how quickly and easily services can be accessed when they are needed; better co-ordination between services; and, a significant improvement in meeting the mental health needs of children and young people no matter what their background. 

By addressing all these areas the report aimed to promote good mental health and wellbeing for children and young people and ensure there are high quality services in place to care for children and young people if they need them. 

Future in Mind provided a structure for planned changes in Berkshire West. The ambition became not simply to adjust existing services, but to transform them. 

Further information about the 2014 engagement is available here.

The public bodies, voluntary and community organisations involved in supporting children and young people’s mental health are working together in partnership on Local Transformation Plans that will deliver improvements in mental health and wellbeing.

Our vision is to ensure that every child or young person gets the help they need when and where they need it.

Clinical Commissioning Groups have increased funding by an extra £1M each year for the specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs) delivered by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) and further additional funding has also been made available for areas of work such as Community Eating Disorder Services.

Local Transformation Plans cover the whole spectrum of services for children and young people’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham Borough.

What you told us was really important. By the year 2021, every child and the people who care for them will get help that is just right for them.

This might feel like a long time to wait, but we have already made a lot of improvements. Over the last year we have:

  • Educated school staff, teachers and healthcare staff like GPs and school nurses so they know how to recognise if you’re feeling emotionally vulnerable or mentally unwell and how to get help
  • Trained even more mental health workers
  • Taught parents how to get better at helping you cope with anxiety, ADHD, autism and other mental wellbeing problems. We also made more help available online.
  • Raised public awareness of mental health and did a lot to reduce the stigma. We:
    • Produced a booklet, together with young people, called ‘The Little Blue Book of Sunshine’ about how to cope with stress and feeling mentally unwell. It was given to every school pupil in year 10 and above and is available to download
    • Ran an advertising awareness campaign on local buses and bus shelters, plus a social media campaign with the hashtag #littlebluebookofsunshine to promote the booklet
    • Supported a big event for World Mental Health Day at the Madejski Reading FC stadium, attended by hundreds of school children and Uni students, to break taboos and raise awareness
  • Spent more money on emotional health and wellbeing support such as youth counselling and CAMHs and got better working as a team of services so support is in place when you need it
  • Increased the amount of support that is available when young people are need urgent help or are nearing crisis
  • Increased the amount of help for Young Offenders
  • Worked with you to create self-help resources and information on where to get help
  • Looked at ways to improve how children excluded from school are supported
  • Organised more joined up services for when you leave in-patient care

We have made lots of changes, but there is still more we want to do to make your mental health services the best they can be.

We want to:

  • Make it easier for you and your parents to get information about emotional and mental health online, in schools and other places
  • Offer even more training and support for adults who work with you
  • Provide specialised support if you’re in severe emotional distress to help you cope better
  • Ensure that if you are in care that you can get help more easily
  • Reduce waiting times even more


  • Autism Berkshire co-ordinates a programme of local events and can offer support and sign posting services, including a post-diagnosis service.
  • Parenting Special Children offers a Diagnostic Support Service to parents and carers in Berkshire West and also provide parenting programmes specifically written for parents who have children with special needs and ADHD.
  • Youth counselling is available in every area. You might be able to access it at school too.


  • The full Children and Young People's Mental Health Taskforce Report including Future in Mind, is published on GOV.UK
  • YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people
  • MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults
  • The National Autistic Society (NAS) holds a wealth of information about ASD. They will often run short courses locally and they have a variety of parent-to-parent help lines, and offer services such as befriending.
  • Young Minds is a UK charity, working to prevent mental illness from developing and to improve early intervention and care for those living with a mental health problem.