Looked after young people

YoungMinds is committed to promoting the emotional wellbeing of all young people.  Looked After Young People are often some of the most vulnerable in our society and research suggests that many have significant mental health needs. 

Recent NICE guidance suggests some 60% of Looked After Young People have emotional and mental health problems. YoungMinds ran two projects dedicated to improving experiences and outcomes for Looked After Young People.

Moving On

'Raising Awareness of the mental health needs of Looked After Young People.'

Moving On was a Comic Relief-funded project which aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of Looked After Young People through raising  awareness of mental health needs across the professional sector. This was achieved through training and other activities with pilot projects over a three-year period. 

Work will included:

  • Training and consultation delivered to professionals, including foster carers and residential workers, about the emotional wellbeing needs of looked after young people
  • An exploration of good practice in transitions from CAMHS to AMHS and the barriers that currently exist
  • Development of a toolkit of training resources for professionals working with Looked After Young People

Exploring Stigma

'Exploring the mental health stigma experienced by Looked After Young People.'

This project aimed to explore mental health stigma and the impact that this may have on Looked After Young People. YoungMinds ran focus groups and interviews with young people to explore  the impact of mental health stigma on their emotional wellbeing. YoungMinds  also  facilitated discussions with professionals on this topic. Information gathered from the focus groups will be disseminated to policy makers and will contribute to training and conference materials.


YoungMinds has developed a variety of training packages for different professionals about the mental health needs of Looked After Young People, which can be delivered to organisations in the field. 


To discuss your needs for our services, please call Marcella Verdi on 020 7089 5057 or email: Marcella.Verdi@youngminds.org.uk


Are you a foster carer or residential worker worried about a  child in your care?

The YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline offers free confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

* Call us free: 0808 802 5544, Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm

* Email: parents@youngminds.org.uk