Members of staff at the city council are to be trained in therapeutic interventions for children and young people.
The move is part of a £100,000 funding boost aimed at improving the children’s services department.
Council staff have been taking part in Theraplay skills training, aimed at better developing skills across the service, in the hopes of better engaging with young people who have had negative experiences in their lives.
Councillor John Wheeler, the convener of the educational operational delivery committee, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to identify and secure such a significant sum; part of which is to help develop our workforce to help ensure better outcomes for our children and young people.
“In developing these skills we are raising the bar in tackling the important issue of young people’s mental health and wellbeing which is a huge priority for us.”
Mr Wheeler was essential in helping to secure the funding necessary for the training.
The programme aims to build self-esteem and trust in youngsters through sessions designed to create an emotional connection between the child and carer.