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The NEST Framework

The NEST Framework is a planning tool for Regional Partnership Boards that aims to ensure a 'whole system' approach for developing mental health, well-being and support services for babies, children, young people, parents, carers and their wider families across Wales.

It has been co-produced by the Together for Children and Young People (T4CYP2) network and a wide range of stakeholders.

We want to broaden the conversation away from thinking that only specialist services can provide help. These services are important, but there is much more that can be done to provide support. 

Our aim is to make expertise and advice quicker to access, and to give the grown-ups closest to children of all ages the skills and confidence to understand what they can do to help.

When extra help is needed, we want to see a ‘no wrong door’ approach so that families get the right help at the right time and in a way that is right for them.

The NEST framework is the result of extensive work with young people, parents, carers and staff who work in schools and children’s services all across Wales, including teachers, social workers, nurses, doctors, therapists and youth workers. 

We also linked with services for adults, and with housing, police, ambulance, sports and leisure services, as well as policy makers in Welsh Government, regional partnership boards and health boards across Wales.

For an overview of the NEST framework, check out our video or download our ‘Bird’s eye view’.

You'll find more detailed information about the background and scope of the NEST framework in the documents below.