Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is a partnership between Surrey County Council, Surrey’s Primary Care Trust, NHS and voluntary organisations.  CAMHS can only be accessed through social care together with school, GP or health services making a referral.

What do they do?

They work in many different ways with young people, depending on their needs.  They support teachers, youth workers and people working with young people by offering them support and training on how to spot mental health difficulties.

They offer advice about how to create an environment that helps to prevent emotional difficulties developing.  They employ specialist mental health workers to work with children and young people with mild or moderate mental health difficulties.  These professionals can also support carers.

Their psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and community nurses provide more specialist services.  These professionals work with children and young people with complex mental health difficulties, as well as supporting carers. They also work with and support children and young people who may need very specialist treatment, which could involve hospital care.

There are also designated children in care nurses within locality teams and their work may inform the development and learning of the child in school.

Click here for more information on CAMHS and contact details for CAMHS.