A new self-referral initiative to support children, as young as four-years-old, who are struggling a range of problems, is being launched in York.

To refer your child or speak to us about support, contact 01904 412551 and for more details of the service go to

Children’s services

The Children’s and Young People’s Service at The Retreat in York promises to support many children, young people and their families, suffering with a range of difficulties, including those as a result of recent changes.

The Service will provide a range of support for people who have experienced difficulties such as anxiety, depression or low mood, traumatic experiences, relationship difficulties, bereavement, eating difficulties, confidence issues, stress, panic attacks and sleeping problems.

The service will use play therapy, art therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, parent and child therapy as well as talking therapies. The service will use secure video link whilst social distancing is in place.

Jennifer Bailey, Clinical Lead, is heading up the new service at The Retreat. Bringing a wealth of experience from working with children and families for more than 30 years, Jennifer knows how the last few months will have affected many youngsters.

She said “I’m very pleased to be leading the service at The Retreat and driving forward this service. I’m passionate about working in therapeutic relationships with children and young people and think it’s also important to empower parents and carers to meet their child’s needs, particularly for young children.”

Jennifer previously worked at the NSPCC, providing therapeutic support for children and young people and their families in the York area. She has worked in child psychotherapy, adult counselling and social work as well as working in a practice manager role.

“Here at The Retreat we believe every child and young person has the capacity to recover from the impact of challenging or negative life experiences, to grow, develop and achieve their full potential,” said Jennifer.