G_CS_45 School Nurse Role in Management of Depression in Children and Young People

School Nurses in Lincolnshire are commissioned to provide Tier 1 CAMHS support to children and young people as defined in The Service Specification for School Nursing (Lincolnshire Community Health services 2014)

The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services: The Mental Health and Psychological Well-being of Children and Young People (DH, DfES 2004) defines Tier 1 as CAMHS provided by professionals working in universal services who are in a position to:

• Identify mental health problems early in their development

• Offer general advice

• Pursue opportunities for mental health promotion and prevention.

 The purpose of these guidelines is to implement a coordinated and uniform approach to the school nurse role in the management of children and young people who present with suspected depression or low mood, based on best available evidence.  It should be used in conjunction with the Procedural Document for School Nurse Role in the Management of Self-harm and the Procedural Document for School Nurse Role in the Management of Anxiety and Stress in Children and Young People

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