Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS are specialist mental health services for children and young people. They offer assessments and treatments for children and young people who have emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

How to refer

  • Referrals to CAMHS are currently made via the CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA)*.
  • Any professional, who has parental consent, can make a referral to CAMHS.
  • Parents/carers can also refer on their children’s behalf.

*CAMHS SPA - Referrers can expect a response within 48 hours. 

Contact the Single Point of Access

Services offered

Within CAMHS, there are different levels of support. Referrals and assessments will identify which level of support a child or young person will need to access. Nationwide, CAMHS services are divided as follows:

In Richmond and Kingston, Tier 2 CAMHS services are provided by Achieving for Children. This service is called the Emotional Health Service which has an early intervention approach for children and young people, who experience prolonged periods of emotional distress and present with difficulties that fall within the mild-moderate range of mental health disorders. Tier 2 offers assessments and treatments with the aim of helping to improve a person’s ability to function and cope with the difficulties that they have. To access this service, a child or young person has to live in the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston.
 
Tier 3 and Tier 4 services are provided by South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust. Tier 3 offer assessments, diagnosis and treatments to children and young people who have signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health disorder which is having a global impact on their ability to function. Tier 4 offers inpatient services for children and young people with exceptionally high levels of distress and complex mental health disorders. To access these services, a child or young person has to have a GP registered within the boroughs of Richmond or Kingston.
 
The Emotional Health Service and Tier 3 CAMHS will offer a Choice appointment to assess the presenting difficulties a child or young person has. During this appointment, a range of options will be provided; the child and young person will then choose their preferred option.

The Emotional Health Service offers the following:

  • General assessments for emotional distress/mental health conditions
  • Risk assessments around issues connected to the young person’s mental health
  • Screening for ASD and ADHD
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • CBT Group work for anxiety
  • Behavioural interventions
  • Art psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)
  • Family therapy
  • Psycho-education and parent work to support families
  • Consultations and network meetings with other professionals

 Tier 3 Richmond and Tier 3 Kingston CAMHS offer the following:

  • General assessments for emotional distress/mental health conditions
  • Risk assessments around issues connected to the young person’s mental health
  • Psychiatry assessments
  • Screening for ASD and ADHD
  • Emergency psychiatric assessments at Kingston Hospital
  • Child Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Psycho-education and parent work to support families
  • Consultations and network meetings with other professionals

If a young person has an Eating Disorder, there is a specialist service at Springfield Hospital where they will be referred to from Tier 3 CAMHS.

For a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of ADHD or ASD, both the Emotional Health Service and Tier 3 CAMHS will refer a child or young person to the neurodevelopmental service at Springfield Hospital.

Visit the NHS Trust website to find out more about CAMHS

CAMHS in other boroughs

Other boroughs may have a slightly different set-up for CAMHS.

To find CAMHS in other boroughs: 

  • Speak to your GP or school who can refer you to your local CAMHS;
  • Search online for ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’ in your area.

Your local NHS Trust website should have the details. It is highly likely that your child will still need to be referred by a professional.