Get help for children and young people up to the age of 18 who have mental health problems or development difficulties.
Lambeth child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are provided by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
We believe that every child has a right to be healthy.
This includes all forms of health, including emotional and mental health. We aim to deliver a safe, effective, responsive service where children, young people and their families are treated with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.
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1. How we help
Lambeth CAMHS specialise in providing help and treatment for children and young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, for example:
- autistic spectrum disorders
- eating disorders
- mood disorders
- neurodevelopmental disorders
- suicidal thinking
Working with you and your child
We offer individual and family interventions psychological therapies, including talking and creative therapies, and medication management in line with NICE guidelines.
The help we give is very individual to each child or young person and is decided after very careful assessments. We are committed to partnership working with you and your family.
We are part of the national network of mental health support for children and young people and provide in-patient health care for children and young people in four locations and provide an Accident and Emergency (A&E) team at St Thomas’ Hospital and Kings College Hospital.
2. Our services
Our work is organised into six areas:
- Child and Adolescent Community Service (CACS)
- Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopmental Service - this includes the Autism and Complex Needs Intervention Support Team who provide a service specifically for children, up to the age of 14, and their families, who have a diagnosis of ASD, severe learning disability and present challenging behaviour.
- Child and Adolescent Early Intervention Service
- Child Looked After Mental Health Service
- The Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS)
- Youth Offending Service - CAMHS provides specialist mental health treatment and support to young people who have become involved in the youth justice system. This team also delivers a specialist service for young people who present harmful sexual behaviour.
Service for complex autism and associated neurodevelopmental disorders (SCAAND)
Sometimes local CAMHS teams come to a decision that a child with autism and their family require additional expertise to support them.
In these cases a referral can be made to SCAAND.
SCAAND is a Tier 4 service that has a team of professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists and occupational therapists. They can provide additional levels of expertise in autism and provide specific interventions. When a child is referred to SCAAND they are still under the care of community CAMHS.
SCAAND specialises in treatment for people where there are particular difficulties in diagnosis or management of autism and related disorders (ARD), including:
- complex diagnostic issues
- complicated and challenging behavioural and psychiatric problems
- when services are seeking a second opinion.
This service also takes a special interest in families where more than one individual has ARD, including twins and affected parents.
We also offer consultation, genetic counselling, treatment, support and advice to families or carers in relation to parenting children with ARD or being a parent with ARD.
FInd out more about SCAAND
3. How to get help
Referrals to Lambeth Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) can only be made by a professional who knows you and your child.
If you think your child has a mental health problem or developmental disorder, speak to your:
- GP (doctor) or paediatrician
- child’s teacher or the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) at your child’s school
- health visitor – if your child doesn’t go to school yet.
If your child is over 18 years old, your doctor will refer you to adult mental health services.
Information for professionals
Call Lambeth CAMHS on 020 3228 7370 for advice about:
- how to refer a child, young person or their family
- other services available for children and young people with mental health problems or developmental disorders.
In an Emergency
If you feel unsafe and need immediate help go to your nearest hospital with an Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department where the psychiatric liaison team can help you (24 hours a day, 365 days of the year). If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm - either to yourself or someone else - then phone 999.