Important Note

Please read through the information below before completing the self-referral process. Please note, whilst we exist to support the mental health of children and young people with physical – often ‘invisible’ or ‘hidden’ - health conditions, there may be situations in which we are unable to offer support – we will only be able to provide support where we feel it is in the best interest of the child.

If your child or young person needs urgent, immediate mental health support, please contact the emergency services, NHS, Samaritans (116 123) or Childline (0800 1111).

Referral Criteria for Online Art Therapy

In order that we can help children and young people living with chronic illness and pain in ways that are impactful, we’ve given an indication, below, of the main issues that we can support –although it is not a full list. Children and young people who’ve benefitted most from our art therapy have typically wanted to address one or more of the following:

  • Emotions and mental wellbeing that are impacted by their condition
  • Worry, anxiety and/or distress caused by their diagnosis and its treatment
  • Difficulties in expressing themselves verbally –perhaps they haven’t previously been able to engage in talking therapy or they have had limited opportunity for self-expression
  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Their condition is exacerbated by being socially isolated during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Treatment or needle phobia
  • Requiring support in understanding their condition and its impacts
  • Children and young people who enjoy using art materials as a way of expressing themselves or are known to be responsive to creative activities such as music, art and drama are, course, likely to benefit from art therapy.

Despite having a broad referral criteria, and although some children may appear to fit the criteria, each referral received will be processed on a case by case basis, as there are some situations when we might recommend this is not the right time for a child to begin online art therapy as there are too many risk factors involved, for example if your child has a high number of other support interventions ongoing, or where there is a current child protection investigation.

In order to offer a safe and effective service that is in the best interest for the child, we will assess each individual referral to ensure that we only offer support at a time when it is safe and where the child is able to be well supported by those around them.

Please do not hesitate to contact Kirsty, our Art Therapy Projects Manager ([email protected]) if you have any questions at all, or would like to discuss anything prior to submitting your self-referral form.

How can I refer my child?

In order to assess whether and how we can best meet your child’s needs, we ask that you complete this enquiry form in order to go through the Assessment Process, which is in place for the safety of our young people.

A member of our team will get in touch to send you the referral form, which you will be asked to complete and return to our secure, encrypted email address. One of our specialist art therapists will then review your form and get in touch.

If we feel we can meet your needs through art therapy, an art therapist will set up an initial assessment session via video call using Zoom, to gain a better understanding of you as individuals and the issues and concerns you have. We provide one-to-one art therapy over 8 sessions, so your child’s remaining 7 sessions will be scheduled on a weekly basis. This will be reviewed as more sessions may be required –or indeed 8 may not be necessary. The assessment session could highlight that working with you as a family might be a more helpful approach than working directly with your child – in which case this will be discussed with you. If work with the family is deemed helpful we may need to gather further information.

As self-referrals are new to Teapot Trust, it’s hard to anticipate what demand will be, so there could be a waiting list, but we will let you know if this is the case and give you an estimated timeframe.

All our art therapists are fully qualified, background checked, and registered with the Health Care Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists.

Safety, Security and Confidentiality

The information you provide in your form and through any art therapy sessions will be treated confidentially and stored securely on Teapot Trust’s encrypted storage software, Box. This information will be used primarily for the purposes of delivering the service safely and effectively – although if you consent, we may on occasion send you updates about our work. 

Our online art therapy sessions are run using Zoom video conferencing. We have robust security measures in place to continue our services safely and confidentially.

Robust Child Protection, Adult Protection and Online Security policies and procedures have been developed to ensure the safety and security of all online sessions. 

Additional Resources

In the time being, there are still so many different ways you can utilise therapeutic arts and activities at home. Children can still benefit from the art therapists' expertise through some of the art therapist videos or our at home therapeutic art exercises. Also be sure to read through our positive mental wellbeing tips for parents and children