Child & Adolescent Clinical Service

New Children’s Pathways believes that sometimes in life, children & adolescents become overwhelmed. This may be due to difficulties with other family members/relationships, difficulties at school, changes within the family environment and exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s).

During such times, it can be helpful to have some extra help and support both for young person and the wider family as a whole. A mental health social worker is someone who can provide that additional guidance and support and help children, adolescents and families through a difficult period.

What are the benefits from receiving professional services?

Sometimes children or adolescents, like adults, can benefit from some extra help or support during different times in their lives. Engaging with a professional service provider offers an opportunity for an objective perspective and a chance to understand how different things affect the development of a child or adolescent.

How long will my child work with you?

Sometimes young people need to engage with New Children’s Pathways only a few times and other times they may seem them for a bit longer. We design a treatment plan tailor to the young person’s needs and this is reviewed in line with any changes and developments in the child’s life.

What will my child be doing?

Our Clinical services are designed to assist children, adolescents and families cope with the multiple stress of modern living. We also specialise in delivering focused therapeutic support for a variety of emotional and behavioural issues including: school stress, bullying, peer pressure, anxiety or family issues, particularly if there’s a major transition such as a divorce or a bereavement in the family or wider network.

Significant life events affect children and adolescents differently to adults and can cause stress that might lead to problems with behaviour, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning. Children and adolescents often process information differently to adults and their emotional responses may manifest in behavioural or physical changes. In some cases, it’s not as clear what’s caused your child or adolescent to suddenly seem withdrawn, anxious or display significant changes in behaviour. But if you feel your child or adolescent might have an emotional or behavioural problem or needs help coping with a difficult life event, trust your instincts and reach out to the New Children’s Pathways Team.

How do we approach treatment?

The team at New Children’s Pathways believes that in order to have the most impact upon a child, the service must be developed in line with the child’s cognitive ability and information processing skills. We deliver therapy in a number of mediums and environments. An example of this is listed below:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy (SFBT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Play Based Therapies

Common examples that the New Children’s Pathways team address

There are a huge range of reasons why children access New Children’s Pathways. An example of such reasons are:

  • Developmental delay in speech, language, or toilet training
  • Learning or attention problems (diagnosed and undiagnosed)
  • Behavioural problems (such as excessive anger, acting out, bedwetting or eating disorders)
  • A significant change in academic performance in school
  • Episodes of sadness, tearfulness, or depression
  • Social withdrawal or isolation
  • Being the victim of bullying or bullying other children
  • Decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Overly aggressive behaviour (such as biting, kicking, or hitting)
  • Sudden changes in appetite (particularly in adolescents)
  • Insomnia or increased sleepiness
  • Signs of alcohol, drug, or other substance use
  • A recent traumatic event