CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. The CAMHS team is a group of professionals who all have specialised skills in working with children/young people and their families who are experiencing difficulties.
Members of the team include a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, a Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Nurses, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Workers.
We also work jointly with statutory and voluntary children or young
people’s services to help and support a wide range of difficulties.
The CAMHS team sees children and young people and their families with
a wide range of difficulties. Our aim is always to help children and young people and their families understand about the factors that lead to mental health problems and help make sure that these factors do not lead to further difficulties.
The aim of your assessment appointment is to give us an opportunity to find out about the difficulties that your family is experiencing, and to begin to understand why these have occurred. The professional that you see will then be able to talk to you about the kind of help the CAMHS team can offer. Importantly, the assessment appointment is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the service. This may help you decide whether further appointments would be useful to your family. For the first appointment it is very helpful if all those who are important in caring for the referred child/young person, as well as the child/young person themselves, could attend. This is because different family members often have different ideas or information that can help us to understand the problems that your family is facing. At the end of the assessment session there will be an opportunity to discuss the next steps. It may be that further time with your family, or perhaps just the referred child/young person, will be needed to complete the assessment. If so, a convenient time will be arranged with you as soon as possible. Once the assessment is completed a decision needs to be made about what help your family needs. You might need to be seen again by the professional who you have met at the assessment. If you need to see someone else in the team who has specialist skills that could help your family, this will be arranged for you. All help offered is person and family centred and at all times you will be treated with dignity and respect. Members of the CAMHS team sometimes see family units, sometimes just parents or carers, and sometimes just the referred child/young person. This will be decided with you according to your needs and preferences.Tell us if this listing needs updating