Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS supports children and young people with:
- Emotional difficulties: eg: anxiety,
depression, anger, mood swings, low self-esteem.
- Behavioural difficulities: eg: violence, destructiveness, self-harm, over activity, sexualised behaviours, obsessive behaviours.
- Relationship difficulties: eg: problems in the family, with peers, in school or the community, problems with attachment and loss.
- Developmental / disability diffculities: eg: bedwetting, soiling, problems eating / sleeping, communicating.
- Emotional diffculties associated with physical health problems, eg: difficulties in complying with treatment and psychological adjustment.
Services delivered are:
- Specialist assessment, both comprehensive and multidisciplinary including diagnosis.
- Therapy, including individual, family and group work.
- Consultation to statutory professionals, and other key workers about concerns.
- Co-working with key workers.
- Contribution to multidisciplinary care planning.
- Signposting to other services when a child needs can be more appropriately met by another service.
- Training for other professionals, e.g. primary care staff, education staff, foster carers and residential carers.
Priority is given to children and young people who are at most risk as a consequence of their emotional / mental health presentation. Emergency presentations would include:
- Children or young people who are presenting as a severe risk to themselves, eg: presenting with severe depression (including suicidal thoughts), acute psychosis, harming themselves.
High priority presentations would include children or young people:
- whose mental / emotional health is having a severe impact on their family or other placements (including children accommodated by the local authority)
- whose mental / emotional health is having a significant impact on their physical and or their development health, eg: eating disorders, treatment non-compliance etc
- who have experienced severe trauma, eg: witnessing major incidents, involvement in significant traffic accidents etc