Sleep support for children and young people: The Sleep Charity

A pilot project to help children and young people overcome sleeping difficulties has been extended across North Yorkshire.

It uses behavioural therapy, sleep clinics and workshops – rather than medication – to improve a child's sleep health.

The Sleep Charity – an award-winning voluntary organisation based in Doncaster – was initially commissioned to offer services in Whitby, Scarborough and Ryedale.

The approach has been so successful, NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has now commissioned The Sleep Charity to provide support to families North Yorkshire-wide for a further 12 months (from April 2021).

It will also provide professionals' training to GP practice staff, health visitors and school nurses.

Referral information

To find out more about the service please visit The Sleep Charity

Referrals can be made from a GP practice by telephoning mobile 07568 052300.  For more information please contact The Sleep Charity on telephone 01302 751416

Referrals by email can also be accepted by emailing support@thesleepcharity.org.uk . The message must be encrypted. Please refer to the NHS Mail Encryption Guide for further details.

Once referred, a child and their family will be triaged to the most appropriate level of support, based on need, ranging from workshops and webinars, to one-on-one support with a specialist sleep practitioner.

There are a number of different levels of support available to help children and young people

The Sleep Charity - Webinars

Drop-In sessions

The Sleep Charity is hosting a series of webinar Drop-In sessions available for parents/carers and professionals in the North Yorkshire area, who would like to find out more information about The Sleep Charity and the services they offer.  Please see link for details Drop-In Sessions

GP webinars

These FREE webinars are for GPs working with children and young people with sleep difficulties in the North Yorkshire area.  Please see link for details GP webinars

The Sleep Charity - Training Programmes

Sleep Tight programme for professionals

The Sleep Charity Sleep Tight programme is aimed at professionals and practitioners who provide interventions for families in North Yorkshire.  The programme is open to those who work in North Yorkshire, and would be ideal for Health Visitors, Community Nursery Nurses, Voluntary Sector workers and family support workers.  The closing date for applications is 15th October 2021. For more details please see HERE

Sleep Champions in Secondary Schools

Secondary Schools who are interested in improving attendance, attainment and supporting mental health will benefit from having a Sleep Champion amongst their team.  This training is open to those who work in North Yorkshire.  The closing date for applications is 15th October 2021.  For more details please see HERE

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Tutti Frutti - free online resources

In partnership with the Sheffield Children's Hospital and The Sleep Charity, Leeds’ children’s theatre, Tutti Frutti have created free online resources to help children experience better sleep.

The main resource is an audio play by acclaimed children’s theatre writer Mike Kenny. There is a podcast for children, linked to the play, also a very short Sleep Karting game. In addition there are two podcasts for adults, one for schools and one for parents.

The parent podcast contains a real life success story from Claire Earley, whose second child has physical disabilities and would wake hourly through the night until he was 8 years old. There is also advice from Helen Rutherford, a trained Specialist Sleep Practitioner who has worked with children with additional needs for over 30 years. Helen has been lead practitioner on a number of projects including the NHS England funded ‘Sleep Support for Children with Autism’ (that went on to win a National award for The Children’s Sleep Charity) and Sleep Support for children with ADHD funded by BBC Children in Need.

Access the free Tutti Frutti resources, here.

The National Sleep Helpline

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