Frequently asked questions

How can I refer a child or young person to CAMHS?

Referrals are accepted from anybody working with and supporting children and young people. For more details see ‘referring to CAMHS’.

Who works in CAMHS?

CAMHS is a team of professionals with a range of training and skills working with children, young people and their families. Teams are based locally and include:

  • Administrators
  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
  • Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Primary Mental Health Workers
  • Psychological Therapists including Clinical Psychologists
  • Social Workers

What will happen at the first appointment?

This video explains what to expect in the first appointment.

What if the child or young person does not want to attend the appointment?

It is not unusual for a young person or their family members to be worried about attending a CAMHS appointment. They might be worried about what will happen at the meeting and whether they might be blamed for problems. Contact CAMHS and ask for an information leaflet about the service and use this to reassure the young person about what will happen at the first meeting.

If the young person continues to refuse to attend, contact the service and explain the situation. It may be possible for a home visit to be organised. Please see answer to ‘What will happen at the first appointment’ for further information.

If a child or young person I am working with is suicidal what do I do and who do I call?

If you work in a school community contact your designated Primary Mental Health Worker. Otherwise contact the CAMHS service for advice.

If you feel that you/the young person is at immediate risk of harming themselves contact 999.

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