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I-Start (Stronger and resilient together)

I – START is a pilot that is running for 18 months that aims to understand the effectiveness of emotional health and well-being screening for children and young people who are newly LAC. Mental health professionals will screen all children and young people in care who are in care for longer than 6 weeks. They will screen CYP for as to whether the child is coping with being taken into care, or whether they need any additional help in order to feel emotionally healthy within their placement. If the screening shows possible emotional health needs then mental health professional will do specialist health assessments to determine the best course of support for the child or young person. The specialist information is used to signpost into CAMHs for LAC services to ensure children get emotional health support as soon as is possible, and it is also used to inform individual care plans. The I-START team also advise carers and professionals who may be working with the child/young person.

Age Range(s)

  • 5-18 years

Who to contact


Where to go

Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinon,
M27 5DA


Referral required
Referral Details

Professional referral only – via SDQ analysis