Looked After Children

North Lincolnshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has a team of clinical psychologists dedicated to meeting the emotional health and wellbeing needs of all Looked After Children (LAC) in North Lincolnshire.

The team provides psychological assessment and therapeutic support to young people Looked After and their foster families. We work closely with North Lincolnshire Children’s Services to ensure a timely and targeted response to young people and their carers. We provide consultation and advice to the network of professionals working with LAC including social workers, foster carers, educational staff and the designated nursing team for LAC.

Together with Children’s Services we monitor the emotional health and wellbeing of all LAC in North Lincolnshire. This is done through annual screening using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and through multi-agency meetings with children’s services, health and education.

Social Workers contact the LAC CAMHS team directly to request consultation and advice and we meet with them for a face-to-face consultation within 10 weeks of the initial phone call to the service.

We offer attachment and evidence based dyadic interventions to young people and their carers including Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). We also offer individualised therapy for young people who may be experiencing mental health concerns as a result of trauma and loss and we use a combination of evidence based interventions in these cases.

We provide holistic assessments which includes psychological formulation of the presenting concerns taking into account the young person’s early experiences in relationships and the impact on their overall development and attachment security. We also carry out neurodevelopmental assessments and diagnosis for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

We work with our CAMHS colleagues and with the Children’s Services to manage risk.

We provide training annually on Attachment and Development and Mental Health and Resilience to social workers, residential care staff, foster carers and other local authority employees.