We work with children and young people aged 5-17 who experience emotional, communication, and behavioural problems. This can include showing behaviours which indicate that the young person/child is struggling with the experiences they encounter on a day-to-day basis. Often these feelings can be expressed through behaviours which can be difficult to manage and may be causing worry or harm to either themselves or others.
To be eligible for the CYPRESS service:
- The young person must be aged 5-17 years old and have a diagnosable learning disability.
- The home/family/educational situation must be at risk of breaking down in the near future.
- The young person must be on the local Dynamic Support Register and rated as Amber or Red; and therefore, be at risk of an inpatient admission or 52-week residential placement, or already be in one of these.
- The young person must present with behaviours of a nature or complexity whereby primary preventative approaches have proven insufficient, and behaviours that challenge are likely to persist or become more serious, to the point where a child/young person and/or others are at risk of serious harm and where people are at risk of exclusion from ordinary community settings (including admission to hospital or out of area placement).
- The young person’s family must consent to the referral and indicate some motivation to engage with CYPRESS.
- The young person must have an allocated social worker.
- The young person must be enrolled at a West Sussex special school.