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Coventry's SEND local offer - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

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:

  • Severity
  • Persistence
  • Complexity Risk of secondary disability
  • Risk of impairment for the child's development
  • Presence/absence of protective factors
  • Presence/absence of risk factors
  • Presence/absence of stressful/social/cultural factors

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:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Mental health nurses
  • Psychological services including clinical psychology, psychotherapy, family therapy, counselling and art therapy
  • CAMHS practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds.

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.

Read about how we're Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing 2015-2020.


0300 200 2021

Where you can use this service in Coventry

Coventry City of Coventry Health Centre, Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry, CV1 4FS

Can I use this service?

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:

  • family therapy
  • group work
  • a range of other evidenced based therapies.

Your views and how to get involved

At the moment we have a variety or local working groups where families are involved in shaping the strategic planning of services.


Our service is fully accessible for those with disabilities.

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