The specialist child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) supports children/young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties (including mental illness) using evidenced-based treatments that are consistent with guidance and best practice. This is known as a tier 3 service.
Children/young people presenting with mental health difficulties are assessed using the following criteria:
The specialist CAMHS health team includes a range of professionals and case discussions take place to ensure the right professional is seeing the child/young person at the right time. The professionals who work in specialist CAMHS are all experienced in working with children/young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties.
The team includes:
Some children/young people need to see a member of the specialist CAMHS team over a longer period of time for a therapy programme, whilst some may benefit from a shorter intervention and some may need follow up support around medication. All CAMHS interventions support the child/young person in meeting their goals.
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Our service is for children and young people up to the age of 17. Children/young people with Neurodevelopmental difficulties (difficulties relating to the growth and development of the brain or central nervous system) are not seen by CAMHS unless there is a predominant underlying severe mental health illness meeting the criteria set above.
We aim to provide the appropriate level of support for the child/young person and their family/carers in the right way at the right time. We sometimes try to do this by providing consultation to Tier 1 or universal services. We will signpost the child/young person and family/carer to other services when this is more appropriate.
Interventions for children/young people and their families/carers may include: