Who are we?
We are a small, forensic child and adolescent mental health team made up of a wide range of different professionals. With a range of clinical experience and specialist knowledge, we support other professionals care for young people (up to age 18) where there is a risk of placement in a secure setting. We will work to help maintain community and educational placements, aiming for positive outcomes for the young person and their families.
Who is the service for?
Children and adolescents aged up to 18 years, where:
- there are concerns regarding emotional and/or mental health difficulties including disorder of conduct and emotions, neurodevelopmental disorder and/or serious mental health difficulties.
- there are concerns regarding risk of harm to others.
- they have become, or are likely to become, involved with the Youth Justice System.
What do we do?
We offer a consultation-based service and assessments where needed. In the first instance, a F:CAMHS clinician can give you advice/recommendations. This may include helping you to identify other appropriate agencies within your locality that are best placed to support the young person in question.
It may be decided that a more formal consultation is required. In this case, the F:CAMHS clinician will arrange a time for you or a team of multi-disciplinary professionals to meet.
If following the consultation, it appears the young person needs direct involvement from the F:CAMHS team, a specialist assessment may be carried out.
Who can refer?
We accept referrals from all professionals working with children and young people who originate from our covering Boroughs.
However, we require that cases are held by a case-holder or care co-ordinator at the point of referral and throughout involvement with F:CAMHS.
Children and young people who originate from our region, but currently reside out of area may also be referred to the service.