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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services CAMHS

When might my child be referred to CAMHS?

CAMHS is part of the National Health Service. This means that school can refer a student and the referral is screened by Children’s Services (NHS). If the student meets the criteria to be seen CAMHS will organise the appointment. A child / young person may be seen because there may be reasons that are impacting on their ability to cope with normal life.

How are referrals made?

The SENCO at school, the School Nurse, the Doctor, the Health visitor or Children’s Social Care make referrals. There is a form which is filled in, giving details of the difficulty. This is filled in with the carer when this happens at school. This is then sent to Children’s Services who send the form on for screening. The decision is then made as to whether the child/ young person meets the criteria to be seen.

Who will my child see?

A Primary Mental Health Worker is allocated to the Isles of Scilly. Other professionals may be involved, for example a psychiatrist or specialist Primary Mental Health Worker.

How often does she visit?

The visits are every week in term time, approximately. The days may vary.


What happens on a visit?

You will be notified of an appointment time for your child/ young person. This appointment may involve working with the child/ young person and/ or meeting with parents or staff and at times observations in the school settings. Meetings for the child/ young person and family are usually at the Well Being Centre.