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CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health services) is a service which provides mental health assessment and treatment for children, young people (aged 0-18) and their families
CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the needs of children and young people. They are multidisciplinary teams that often consist of:
- social workers
- support workers
- occupational therapists
- psychological therapists – this may include child psychotherapists, family psychotherapists, play therapists and creative art therapists
- primary mental health link workers
- specialist substance misuse workers
People that can refer to CAMHS:
- Health, eg GPs, school nurses, paediatricians.
- Social care, eg social workers, ASSIST workers.
- Education, eg schools, educational psychologists, SENCos.
- Youth justice, eg police, YOT workers.
- Youth work, eg Connexions PAs.