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Rotherham and Barnsley Mind

The Young Persons Outreach Service primarily works in community settings in the Rotherham area around issues relating to mental health and emotional well being. The service currently operates in a number of comprehensive schools in the Rotherham Borough. Young people access the service during school time to discuss issues which they feel are pertinent to their mental health and emotional well-being.

Young people can access the service on either a drop in or appointment basis and may be referred by teachers, learning mentors, parents etc or may self refer.

The service offers young people support, advice and information on a whole range of issues. It also provides young people with information about other services available in the area and supports young people in accessing those services. Referrals for young people are also made if they require more specialist support e.g. to police, social services, GP’s.

The Young Persons Outreach Service has also produced a series of fact sheets on bullying, bereavement and self-harm,

A research project in Rotherham identified that in the schools where Rotherham Mind’s young people’s mental health service was based, both young people and staff had more awareness of mental health issues and felt better supported.  The research recommended that the service be available in all Rotherham Schools. 

This evidence is reflected in our own evaluation of the project.  Teaching and pastoral staff have commented that in the majority of young people referred, there had been a positive response and improvements in mental health, emotional well being and behaviour had been observed.  Their feedback also appreciated the specialist help we were able to offer and especially valued the accessibility of the project as an outreach service which operates on-site, but which is recognised by students as not being part of the educational establishment.  Likewise, feedback from the young people accessing the service was very positive, with the majority saying that it was helpful and that there had been an improvement in the problem they originally came with.  The most frequent comment was around the value of having someone to talk to who was independent to school and home, and who, subject to certain conditions, would keep the information confidential.  Young people reported the relief they felt in being listened to and subsequently being able to safely unbottle and explore their feelings.  In most cases, young people said there had been an improvement in the way they felt about themselves and that they felt more positive about attending school.


The service will offer early intervention to young people with mental health issues. Using a variety of methods it will develop resilience and coping strategies for young people; Where referral to specialist services are required this will be achieved in a timely fashion. Research has shown that early detection and treatment of mental health issues indicate much better long-term prognosis.

The Service will operate as an outreach in different schools and young people’s settings within the Rotherham Borough.  Mental Health Practioners will attend schools on designated days and offer emotional/mental health support, advice and information to young people in a safe and confidential environment.

Referrals will come directly from schools (school nurses, teachers, learning mentors etc) with the young people also having the opportunity to self refer.  The confidential service is accessed by choice and will focus on individual needs as expressed by the young people.
 The Service will measure its success collating the following information:
Reduction in bullying
Reduction in self harming behaviour
Increase in self esteem
Increase in happiness to attend school
We will continue to identify children at risk and refer them to specialised agencies at an early stage.  We recognise early intervention as good practice in reducing the negative effect of childhood issues on life skills and future potential.
We believe that this way of working can be replicated on a national basis and would be happy to share our learning in a variety of ways and where applicable offer development programmes for other areas.

Partnership working

Have worked in partnerships with both other voluntary sector and  statutory sector organisations. Currently manage the Behaviour, Education, Support Team based at  Maltby.

Comments from beneficiaries & partners

Takes things off my mind.  Helps to talk to somebody because I feel like I’m battling on my own
• Feel better because I feel lighter because I get to talk to someone about my feelings
• Coming has been very helpful, it’s helping me control my anger and giving me someone to talk to
• The sessions I have with (the worker) have been very helpful.  I have a better time at school knowing that I have someone to help me through
• It has been helpful as I can talk to someone about things at home when they get too difficult, or I am not able to tell other people about stuff at school
• It’s been great to talk to somebody and they listen to what I have to say!
• It’s good to talk to someone about how you feel eg if you’re stressed
• I think it is brilliant and helpful to young people that is being bullied
• It has been helpful because I feel glad that I can talk to someone who I can trust and who knows how to deal with it
• Everything has been helpful.  Just talking to someone has made me feel good and as if the world has been lifted off my shoulders
• That it’s helping me not to self harm
• Helped me with my anger
• It’s good to talk to somebody and get off your chest or if you feel alone and need somebody to understand
• I think it’s good because if anyone is getting hurt/bullied then they can talk to someone

Every Child Matters Outcomes

Stay Safe

From maltreatment, abuse or exploitation
Offers a confidential mental health service subject to a risk assessments which identifies child protection issues. Where child protection issues are raised staff work with school and social services to ensure that the c&yp are safe.

From bullying and discrimination
Rotherham Mind works with young people to help them develop skills and strategies around bullying. If necessary and with the permission of the young person staff will act as advocates on their behalf. We also work with schools to develop strategies around bullying behaviours and offer whole school training.

Be Healthy

Be emotionally or mentally healthy
As per service description

Enjoy and Achieve

Attend and enjoy school
By working with children and young people to develop emotional resilience and coping strategies.Based on the work in schools it appears that a raise in self esteem and an ability to address mental health issues correlates with young people being happier to attend school.

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Rotherham and Barnsley Mind provide short breaks for disabled children and young people.

Contact Details

Kimberworth Place, Kimberworth Rd,
Rotherham, S61 1HE
T: 01709 554755

Geographical area served

  • Wentworth North
  • Wentworth South
  • Wentworth Valley
  • Rotherham North
  • Rotherham South
  • Rother Valley West
  • Rother Valley South

Age ranges served

  • Secondary 11-13
  • Secondary 13-16
  • 16-19
  • 19-25 (for young people with disabilities and special needs)


Rotherham and Barnsley Mind employs 9 staff.

Social work, teaching, counselling, degree level.


Rotherham and Barnsley Mind has 9 volunteers.


The service offered 2122 appointments and worked with The service worked with 344 children and young people overall


A range of knowledge and experience in mental health issues. The service is offered in a discreet way through schools in an environment Young People feel comfortable and safe

And for the Future...

Over the next three years the service is hoping to expand to cover all of the secondary schools in Rotherham with at least one days service on a regular basis. It is also starting to work wirth clusters of primary schools to offer the service to younger children.

Additional information

  • Nominated Child Protection Officer
  • CRB checks

Policies in Place

  • Child Protection Policy
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Equality & Diversity Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy
  • Recruitment & Selection Policy
  • Safe Lone Working Policy
  • Confidentiality Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Complaints Procedure
  • Internet and Email Usage Policy
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure
  • Environmental Policy
  • Disability Discrimination Act Compliant
  • Marketing/Publicity Policy
  • Business Continuity Policy
  • User Involvement/Participation Policy
  • Training and Development Plan

Quality Systems in Place

  • Investors in People
  • ISO 900