Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Everyone feels stressed, anxious, down or angry from time to time, but sometimes these feelings can be overwhelming and just won’t go away. Usually children and young people referred to us will be experiencing emotional wellbeing problems that significantly affect their ability to cope with normal stresses and demands of life.
We also work in partnership with families and professionals supporting young people with mental health needs, and have subcontracted partnership working with Teens in Crisis (TiC+).
CAMHS can be contacted on 01452 894300 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)
What happens when a referral is made to CAMHS?
Referrals are screened, to make sure they are suitable and to identify urgent referrals. When a referral is accepted the family or young person will be invited to make a CHOICE appointment. Other professionals may also be invited to this appointment.
The CAMHS clinicians will ask about the difficulties and give children, young people and families/carers an opportunity to say what has been happening and what help they want. At the end of the discussion the CAMHS clinician will identify options to take forward. This may mean attending further appointments at CAMHS, or a referral to another service better suited to the circumstances.
Sometimes a one-off meeting is all that is needed.
Information for professionals: To refer to CAMHS services, click here
What happens if work with CAMHS continues?
What happens if patients are prescribed medication?
It can be helpful to share information, for example with schools or other health staff. The CAMHS clinician will discuss the information to be shared and ask children, young people and their families/carers for consent to share. Sometimes young people do not want to share their information with their parents/carers. This can be identified in the referral. The CAMHS clinician will discuss this with the young person to understand more about their circumstances and assess whether they are competent to make that decision for themselves.
If there are concerns that a child or young person may be at risk of harm, CAMHS will always share this information with the relevant agencies, though we would hope to inform the child or young person and their family/carers about the referral
and the reasons for this.