Barnardo’s Healthy Minds Wiltshire

Who are we? 

Barnardo’s has been commissioned by Wiltshire Council to improve outcomes for children and young people with emotional wellbeing and/or emerging low level mental health needs. The service provides a range of evidence based interventions, information, advice, support and positive activities.

Who do we support?

Children and young people aged 5-18 who may be experiencing

  • low mood
  • panic, stress, worry and low level anxiety
  • have problems sleeping
  • have anger difficulties
  • have low self-esteem
  • relationship difficulties with family or friends
  • relationship problems at school or in the community (including bullying),
  • Feeling overwhelmed by pressure eg in relation to school work.

What do we offer?

On Your Mind website –

Information for young people and for parents/carers including links to resources and organisations that can support with emotional wellbeing.

A webchat facility and webinars for parents are currently being developed.


  • For children and young people aged 5-18 who are not currently accessing CAMHS or another similar wellbeing intervention.
  • An average of 6 sessions.
  • Provided online, by phone or face to face.

Please note we are unable to offer support to children and young people if they are already receiving support from another counselling agency or from CAMHS or have finished support within 6 weeks. We are also an all year round service and so our support does not stop in school holidays.

We are working closely with other specialist providers in Wiltshire, including CAMHS services who will be working with young people with more complex needs eg psychosis, PTSD, bipolar, personality disorders, eating disorders, chronic anxiety or depression, enduring self-harm and OCD.

The service is underpinned by our commitment to being child-directed working in partnership with children and young people and adopting a systems approach that recognises that children and young people do not live in isolation from their families and communities.

Decider skills groups

A programme based on cognitive-behavioural therapy to build skills and strategies for children and young people and their families.  Groups will be delivered for primary aged and secondary aged children and young people to build resilience and wellbeing.

Positive activities 

Activities which will be co designed with young people and delivered in partnership with other Wiltshire services to promote the 5 steps to wellbeing.

To access our service

If you are a professional working with a child or family you can complete a professional request for support formPlease note: All completed forms MUST be sent via a secure/encrypted email system.

For more information please email the service at

In whatever capacity you are working with or supporting children and young people, you may not be sure how to react to, or cope with, their emotional needs.

In non-urgent situations consider using your local Multi-Agency Forum (MAF) as a place to find support and help.


The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Coordinator Team can also offer advice and support to staff/professionals working with children and young people with multiple needs below the threshold for social care intervention.  For more information, please refer to Wiltshire Council’s website.

If you feel a child or young person has additional support needs, but does not meet the threshold for social care, please contact the Early Help team for advice and guidance.


In an emergency, where a child or young person has made a suicide attempt or is thought to have a mental disorder and is presenting a serious risk of harm to themselves or to others, an urgent referral should be made. Emergency referrals should be directed in the first instance to the local Community CAMHS team via the Duty Clinician:

Melksham: 01865 903777

Salisbury: 01722 336262 ext 2779

Malborough: 01865 904666

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Concerned about a child’s safety? Contact Wiltshire’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 0300 456 0108 (Out of Hours 0845 6070 888) or call 999 in an emergency.

  • MASH brings key professionals together to facilitate early, better quality information sharing and decision making, to safeguard vulnerable children and young people more effectively

harmLESS is a resource for those who have contact with young people who are self-harming. It is designed to help you talk about self-harm with a young person that you can decide what support might be useful.

Wiltshire Healthy Schools is a Wiltshire Council programme supporting schools to address the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

The programme clarifies the actions all schools can take to promote the health and wellbeing of young people, from universal prevention and education to targeted interventions and treatment.

On their website you can find information about getting involved with the programme along with a variety of resources to promote the health and wellbeing of young people.

Free educational resources about children and young people’s mental health for all adults.

A Wiltshire organisation aiming to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities

Resources to support young people’s mental health.

An organisation working to end mental health discrimintation

Kidscape run a number of training programmes across a range of subjects including Safeguarding, Bullying Awareness and Online Safety.

Information about Kidscape’s Peer Mentoring programme currently available for schools across Wiltshire.