The National Tackling Stigma Project
The National Tackling Stigma Project has been funded by the National CAMHS Support Service (NCSS) and is one of a number of national projects that they have led. The Tackling Stigma Framework and the national project was developed by Dr Fiona Warner-Gale, the NCSS national lead for tackling stigma supported by Kate Harker, project manager.
The project is based on the Tackling Stigma Framework. It incorporates the principle of whole system improvement and organisational change, so has benefits for the further development of comprehensive services for children and young people’s mental health. It also focuses on involving all age groups and is aimed across all children’s services. Find out more about the framework.
Beginning in 2009, the project comprises
one early implementer site (Plymouth) and
five pilot sites (Northumberland, Durham,
Darlington and Tees, Liverpool, Walsall and
Northamptonshire). The pilot sites were
chosen through a tendering process. The
invitation to take part went out across England.
Plymouth was chosen as an early implementer
site as it had already been implementing the
Tackling Stigma Framework as part of its
children and young people’s plan.
The pilots have been fully engaged in
implementing the domains of the Tackling
Stigma Framework in their areas through
partnerships that put children and young
people at the centre of the pilot and that include a range of organisations that work with children. They have developed some creative ways of involving children and young people in tackling stigma.
This toolkit has been developed as part of the National Tackling Stigma Project. It showcases some
examples of innovative ways of tackling stigma, undertaken by the pilot sites.
The project and the implementation of the Tackling Stigma Framework have been evaluated by
ECOTEC. The project has been overseen by the National Tackling Stigma Project steering group.
For more information about the Tackling Stigma Framework or questions about implementing it in your area, please contact Dr Fiona Warner-Gale, former Regional CAMHS Programme lead/RDW - East Midlands and National Lead for Tackling Stigma, National CAMHS Support Service (NCSS)