Children and Young People (CYP), including those with poor mental health or emotional support needs, or who are at risk, or with physical disabilities and complex health needs.

In general, this section uses the legal definition of ‘child’, which includes all individuals between birth and 18 years old. However, in some specific circumstances, services use other definitions.  For example catering for individuals up to 21 or 25 years old.


Our priorities for Children and Young People

Whilst continuing to deliver existing services, particular attention has been paid to supporting the emotional resilience and wellbeing of young people and their families as they faced the impact of COVID-19.

Funding Stream Funding No of Staff* Direct Social Value
Integrated Care Fund for Children and Young People £4,518k 56 £438k
Integrated Care Fund Learning disabilities £1.111m 22 £82.5k
Early Help £200k 5 £30k
Transformation £368k 12 £42.3k

* Full time equivalent posts

2020- 2021 CYP Project Highlights

The Enfys Project

The Enfys project
The Enfys service, provides therapeutic support to children who are looked after or adopted.

When children experience a distressing experience or event – trauma – in their early lives, it has an effect on their development. Developmental Trauma is the term used to describe the impact of early, repeated trauma and loss which happens within the child’s important relationships.

Funded by the Welsh Government Integrated Care Fund – Children at Risk element, the Developmental Trauma Service was re-launched in May 2020 as Enfys, which was chosen by a young person and means rainbow in Welsh.

A team comprising clinical psychologists, graduate mental health workers, trainee clinical psychologists and an occupational therapist all work to prevent the breakdown of a child placement.

2020- 2021 Outputs

  • More than 90 people were able to access group sessions
  • Over 300 parents, foster carers and professionals accessed training delivered by the service
  • 120 consultations were offered to families
  • A wide range of resources made freely available

Enfys Spring News 2021

Reunification – helping social workers make decisions on returning children home from care

For some children, returning home from care or being part of a family that is supported to stay together and avoid a placement is the best possible outcome. Children’s services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan have used the Welsh Government Integrated Care Fund – Children at Risk element to embed the NSPCC’s reunification framework into their work with families to promote positive outcomes.

The framework supports practitioners and managers in care planning and family support work delivered by children’s services departments to apply structured professional judgement to decisions about whether and how a child should return home from care.

The average annual cost of a child re-entering care after a failed return home is £61,614, compared with supporting the child and their family on their return home costing on average £5,627.  Source:  The NSPCC, 2015


The framework supports families and workers to understand what needs to change, to set goals, access support and services and review progress.

2020-2021 Outputs

  • 45 social work staff trained in reunification methods
  • 15 social work staff trained as trainers
  • 6 children in the Vale of Glamorgan were supported to remain at home or return home safely from placements

Your Family Matters – Family Group Conferencing Services

A Family Group Conference is voluntary process led by family members to plan and make decisions for a child who is at risk, with support from social care professionals. A meeting of the wider family and friends share information to make decisions and plans for resolving problems around a child/young person or vulnerable.  The aim is reducing the number of children entering care.

120 families across Cardiff and the Vale benefitted from a family group conference service to enable resolution of issues.  Read more on what the service achieves.  Family Matters Vale Case Study Q4 2020-21

“The plan our family has put in place with the help of a Family Group Conference may be a change in the right direction for us all.” Oldest child of a family who had received the service

Early Help and Primary Mental Health

Early Help Plus was delivered by additional 200k funding made available to the Regional Partnership Board to support Welsh Government’s children and young people’s mental health agenda.

In Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, this money funds three primary mental health worker posts within the local authority’s early help teams.  They provide advice and direction to front door staff – who can respond quickly and appropriately on protection – when families make contact and express concern about their child’s emotional wellbeing or mental health.


The allocation from Welsh Government also funds delivery of Platfform for Families (PFF) via the third sector organisation, Platfform.  This service provides advice, support and interventions to young people with emotional wellbeing difficulties and to their parents, carers or siblings to ensure a whole family approach to positive mental health.  During 20/21, Platfform for Families:

  • Received 70 referrals for support, of which 46 were for parents or carers.
  • 89% of parents reported feeling better able to support their child’s mental health needs after working with PFF.
  • Online resources developed by PFF were visited 5621 times.

The Resilience Project – an approach to mental health resilience for children and young people delivered across education, health and social care

Transformation funding supported the development of the Resilience Project which builds our capacity and expertise in mental health resilience for children and young people – primarily through educational settings.  Through a unique blend of free, digital resources to help education staff, parents, carers and children and young people (CYP); underpinned by training for education staff and group work to promote children’s resilience and wellbeing; plus, psychology-led, direct intervention for children and families most in need.    Filling the service gap for those who do not meet criteria for other services.

The holistic partner approach comprised the funding of resilience workers supervised by clinical staff; working alongside the existing Cardiff Specialist Teacher Team and Vale Outreach Team. These teams deliver into school clusters to support children’s emotional wellbeing to bring the attachment, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and mental health perspective together.

  • 51 mental health resources developed to support young people, families, carers and teachers
  • 1198 individuals received CYP mental health training with 90% agreeing they could apply what the learning to everyday work
  • 1021 intervention sessions delivered


“All of my students present these challenges and it’s good to have expert advice in how to support them in the best way.” Teacher
“I left the meeting feeling positive for the future of our family” Parent following counselling