The YAP model for mental health and wellbeing has been developed across Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow to improve how we support 16-25 years olds in partnership with Local Authority, Higher Education, and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.
Through the development of borough-led young adult partnerships and protocols for working together, we aim to:
- improve the culture around how 16-25-year-olds are supported; ensure support is holistically tailored to the personal circumstances and health, care, and life needs of young adults,
- coordinate local partners’ wealth of experience to support the young adult’s mental health needs and aspirations for their transition into adulthood
- improve the interface between adolescent and adult mental health service
- provide more flexibility to better meet the needs of young adults
- address inequalities and better identify the unmet need
- improve equality of access to early intervention
- improve engagement and navigation of services
- keep young adult and family involvement at the heart of decision-making.
The YAP Panel is a multi-agency forum that aims to support multi-agency partners in developing holistic mental health and wellbeing support plans for young adults (16-25) presenting with a complex range of needs, and/or where staff are unsure of the appropriate service to approach. The Panel also reviews open cases in different services where there is concern about disengagement.
In the meeting, the case worker/ practitioner will be asked to present relevant background about the young person. The YAP Panel will discuss relevant approaches, and make recommendations/ help to develop a management plan.
The YAP Panels take place twice a month in Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow, led by the borough Senior Pathway Coordinators for young adults.