Children and Young People

Your child's mental health

The promotion of positive emotional health and wellbeing helps children and young people to understand and express their feelings, build their confidence and coping skills and therefore their capacity to learn

Children face many pressures in our modern society. Most do fine, but some find it difficult to cope or do not get the support they need to feel safe, happy and confident. If your child is feeling distressed or troubled, they may express their unhappiness in a number of ways:

  • not sleeping, having nightmares, wetting the bed
  • becoming disruptive in class
  • getting fussy about food or cleanliness, or developing eating problems
  • becoming sad and depressed
  • trying to harm themselves
  • having trouble making friends, or finding relationships at home difficult
  • becoming fearful and resentful
  • getting into fights and becoming aggressive

Equally, your instincts may tell you there is something wrong. If you are worried about your child, you could:

  • talk to your doctor or health visitor - they may refer you to special services in your area for children, young people and families
  • talk to your child's school - the school may be able to help sort out difficulties, provide extra support and make allowances for your child
  • contact social services to find out what support is available for your family


Suicide is one of the highest causes of death amongst young people in Wales. There are roughly twice as many deaths in people of all ages each year as a result of suicide than due to road traffic accidents.

At least 6000 people are taken into hospital each year because they have harmed themselves. Self-harm is common in young people. It can be a way of coping with difficult emotional problems

More on suicide



Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied at school, home, work or online might involve someone pushing you, hitting you, teasing you, talking about you or calling you names. No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don't have to put up with it, you can talk to someone about it. Bullying page



Freely chosen play is critically important for the healthy development of children and young people. Research suggests that given the opportunity and chance children and young people can get wide ranging exercise as well as mental health benefits from freely chosen play. Play can be a form of relaxation and a way of relieving anxiety and stress from every day life and it is important that children are able to have access to a wide variety of play experiences and opportunities in their communities.

Children’s play should be freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. This means that they choose the play for themselves, direct the play themselves and the play is undertaken for its own sake.

For more information on play click here


Local projects for Children and Young People


Families First

Everyone faces challenges at some time in their lives, so knowing how and where to get help when you need it can make all the difference. Families First aims to support and work with families to help them overcome these challenges. By working with communities and through family focused projects, the Families First Programme makes sure the families' needs come first.

More information on Families First projects


Lift / Codi

Provides support for 14-24 year olds in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Torfaen who are not earning or learning or who are at risk of dropping out of education, training or employment. Email



The Basement - Youth Information Network

Providing information, support and advocacy for 11-25 year olds. Mobile service available throughout the borough


Pontlottyn Family Centre

Working with children, young people and families with the aim of supporting them to make family life better. Initiatives include: parenting programmes, managing finance, young parents support, Success at Schools group and activitity groups for boys and girls. Tel :01685 843050 or email


Right From The Start

Supporting parents and children under 10 years, empowering families to reach their full potential through gaining self esteem enabling a flying start for life. Initiatives include: socialising, play, motivation, literacy, parenting, child development, breastfeeding. behaviour management, fathers support, healthy living, housing advice, safety advice. Contact : 01443 879426 or email :


SYDIC – Senghenydd Youth Drop In Centre

Offering a wide range of activities for 11-25 year olds including homework space, sports, arts and crafts, healthy cooking, IT suite, allottment, meeting place. Email : or telephone 02920 832712


New and Expectant Parents Project

Providing parental and family support services up to the age of 25. Contact Melanie on 01495 224822 or email


Youth Clubs and centres

Youth4U. Click for details