The service assesses and treats troubled children and young people (under 18) with mental health problems and their families, from two community settings in Hackney. The teams include Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Family Therapists and Community Mental Health Nurses trained to work with children, young people and their families.
Any professional can write to or telephone the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service to discuss a referral, or make a referral by filling in a referral form giving details of the family, the concerns and any other relevant background information, and sending or faxing it to one of the teams.
You can request an appointment through your GP, school, youth worker, social worker. We will contact you with the date and time of the appointment in the post, let us know if you’d rather we didn’t send a letter.
CAMHS services are available to children and young people who are at risk of significant, persistent and/or complex emotional and mental health difficulties.
The following general categories describe the children and young people who would benefit from specialist assessment and treatment:
- Severe or life-threatening conditions
- Severe impairment of functioning associated with some mental disorders
- Significant emotional/behavioural/mental health difficulties in children and young people with learning disabilities
- Significant emotional difficulties related to and severely complicating physical conditions where treatment will influence the outcome
- Emotional and behavioural difficulties where prompt early intervention is likely to prevent the development of a more severe and significant disorder.
CAMHS offers assessment and help to children, young people and their families with significant emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.
We assess, and where possible find ways of working with, the child or young person and those who look after them, in understanding and dealing with their problems in order to achieve change.
We aim to provide a service that respects the beliefs of those who use the service and is sensitive to their culture, race and gender.
What information is needed when I make a referral?
You will need to complete our CAMHS Referral form. This will enable us to decide how best to help the family. It may be useful for you to have in mind some of the following questions whilst filling in the form:
- What are the current concerns or problems?
- What are the triggers for seeking help at this time?
- How long has the problem existed, how severe is it, and how does it impact on the child/young person's familty, education and work?
- What are the relevant psychosocial and family issues including who is in the family or important people in the kinship system? Who are the other agencies involved?
- What has been the response to previous attempts to help?
- Are the child/young person/family aware of and consenting to the referral? What is the family's motivation to seek help?
- Are there any identified risks?
- What continued involvement will you have with the family?
- Are there service access issues like language and disability?
What it the Community Eating Disorders Service for Children and Young People (CEDS-CYP)?
This is a team of professionals set up to help young people up to the age of 18 in East London who are experiencing issues with food, eating, body shape and weight concerns. It is part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). We accept referrals from GPs, healthcare professionals, schools and colleges. We are in the process of making self-referral available to parents, carers and young people.
Who are we?
All clinicians have a relevant professional qualification and experience working with young people and their families. Members of the team include:
- Dietician: Offers advice about food choices and lifestyle
- Consultant Psychiatrist: A senior doctor who has overall responsibility for your care
- Therapists: Talk to you to help make sense of your difficulties and develop positive skills
- Family Therapists: Offers your family a supportive space to talk about their experiences
- Paediatrician: A type of doctor who specialises in the health and wellbeing of young people.