Anxiety problems are common in children. Fears, worries and anxiety are a normal part of childhood, but for some children anxiety has a negative impact on their day-to-day lives. These children may benefit from support or intervention to help them manage and overcome their difficulties with anxiety.
Psychological treatments work well for children with anxiety difficulties, but very few children access these treatments. Parents report considerable difficulties identifying a child’s anxiety problems and knowing whether a child may benefit from support or not and find it hard to access support and services. We want to find a way to minimise these barriers and help ensure more children with anxiety problems receive effective support when they first need it.
We have worked with parents, children, school staff and others to develop a new way of identifying and supporting children with anxiety problems through schools, and we are now trying in out in a small number of primary schools.