Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS)
Category: Children and young people's services
Islington Community CAMHS provides a service to Children from birth to eighteen and their families. The service also provides a clinical service to mothers during the antenatal and postnatal period if they are experiencing mental health problems that impact on their capacity to parent.
Community CAMHS works with colleagues in Children’s Social Care, Children’s Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools to train and support them in the identification of children with mental health problems.
Early identification enables CAMHS to offer the right intervention to children in the best location. Interventions include liaison with the network involved with the child and family and clinical interventions including Parent work (individual and group), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Systemic Family Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Psychotherapy and Educational Psychotherapy.
Families are required to opt in to the service and are then offered a Choice appointment to reach a joint formulation of the difficulties they are seeking help with and a clear agreed treatment plan.
Community CAMHS is delivered by a Priority One Team (for urgent assessments) three multidisciplinary teams that are organised geographically to meet the needs of all children in their area through integrated work with other providers including Family Support, Children’s Social Care, and Schools.
Four Specialist Teams within Community CAMHS also provide services to Under Fives, Looked After Children (LAC) Children with Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDT) and children out of mainstream schools in Pupil Referrral units (PRU’s)
3rd Floor Northern Health Centre,
580 Holloway Road,
020 3316 1824
020 7690 2867
020 3316 1824
Choice appointments last between an hour and an hour and a half at the Northern Health Centre and are arranged with the family to suit them. Subsequent appointments with a treating clinician will last 50 minutes to an hour and take place in local Health Centres. Appointments in schools are made directly by the clinician with the family
Referrals can be sent via post/fax/email or by telephone – by calling the Duty Line - 0203 316 1824
Out of Hours
Monday – Friday / 9am – 5pm