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Components of the Alliance

Components of the Alliance

The Coordinating Committee provides strategic oversight and governance to the Alliance. This includes informing the detailed processes and protocols for the Alliance, informing its activities and priorities, and supporting the sustainability and effectiveness of the Alliance. It is comprised of the lead partners, along with between 5-8 additional individuals who have participated in an EOI process.  

Forums will be held 2 – 3 times per year and aim to provide strategic opportunities for Alliance members to collectively undertake strategic discussions, planning, prioritising and decision-making; and to develop shared understanding and goals as an Alliance.  

The Community of Practice is held bimonthly and aims to provide regular opportunities for Alliance members to share and learn about relevant child and youth mental health initiatives, services, research and opportunities. It provides an opportunity to build connections and awareness between members, including across sub-sectors and between government and non-government services.  

Working Groups will be arranged to progress specific projects or areas of work, that require expertise from or consultation with Alliance members or other external stakeholders/experts to progress. These may be time-limited or ongoing. They will report back to the broader Alliance.  

A Youth Reference Group has been established within the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, as part of the Alliance. The YRG meets monthly, with approximately 13-20 young people with lived experience. This is a youth-led initiative that will support young people to engage with and participate in Alliance activities and other initiatives.  

It is intended that one of the initial activities of the Alliance will be to consider how it can be informed by the lived experience of parents and carers of children and young people with mental health concerns. This may be achieved through linking with existing services that support parent and carer participation.