All Secondary school-age young people can now self -refer to Tower Hamlets CAMHS directly by themselves (or their parent) calling our normal duty number on 02074262375.
We will then arrange to complete a self-referral form with you on the phone to gather some key details and information and we will then process this as normal by our front door team.
If you are not sure if this is appropriate - feel free to ring and have an informal chat to think about whether we might be the right service for you.
We may be able to direct you to another more appropriate service or offer some advice on the phone
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.
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?