Dewi Jones Unit - Children's Mental Health Services
The Dewi Jones Unit is an inpatient mental health facility, designed to help children and young people aged 5 to 13 who are going through a difficult time or struggling because of their way of thinking, their feelings, or with some difficult behaviour.
The unit is part of Alder Hey, but has its own building and grounds in Waterloo, near Crosby beach. Most of our children and young people start by having short, overnight visits with us, so we can get to know and understand each other before a longer stay.
Children and young people come to us for all sorts of different reasons. These might include:
- Having complicated thoughts or feelings, making it hard to cope with everyday life
- Social life not working out
- Things like anger, upset or giddiness which can get in the way of friendships or relationships with family or other grown-ups
- Finding it hard to eat and drink healthily or look after yourself safely
We provide a friendly, safe and non-judgmental environment to stay in, and we have lots of learning and play activities every day. Everyone who stays with us has their own room which they can make their own with posters, photos and belongings – lots of children have told us this really helps them feel more at home.
Our Children’s and Young People’s Forum toured the unit and demonstrated some of the activities run by the team on a daily basis. We’ve used pictures of their visit throughout this section of the website.