TALK to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) is the initial contact point for professionals working within North Lincolnshire who have concerns about a child or young person’s emotional or mental health and who want to undertake a consultation with North Lincolnshire CAMHS.
Who can call?
Any professional working with children, young people and families can contact TALK TO CAMHS to discuss concerns regarding a child or young person’s emotional or mental health.
Prior to contacting TALK to CAMHS, please ensure that you have gained consent for this consultation from the young person (if Gillick Competent*) or from parent/carer (if the young person is not Gillick Competent*). The young person and parent/carer should fully understand that relevant information may be shared with appropriate agencies.
What information is needed?
Good quality information is critical when carrying out a consultation as this enables us to assess the urgency and suitability of service. We will need information about:
- the current mental or emotional health concerns
- what impact they have on the child or young person
- what impact they have at home (and on the family) and at school.
It is also beneficial for us to know what interventions and support has already been offered and tried and who has been involved in these.
The Right Support
TALK to CAMHS will listen to your concerns regarding the child or young person’s difficulties. You may be concerned about visual or auditory hallucinations, anxiety, low mood, self-harm, suicidal intent, severe weight loss, extreme dieting or possible Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) behaviours. TALK to CAMHS is happy to listen to your concerns and will help to make sure that the child or young person has access to the right service for their needs.
Possible outcomes of your call:
- If the consultation identifies that the concerns require direct CAMHS involvement the child or young person will be placed on an appropriate CAMHS pathway.
- If the consultation identifies that the concerns do not require direct CAMHS involvement the case will be reviewed by multi-agency professionals to decide the most appropriate service for the young person.
TALK to CAMHS will advise you and the child, young person and their family about what support can be offered and what services and resources may be useful for them.
* What is Gillick Competence?
It is the competence of a child under the age of 16 to consent to his/her own medical care. If a child or young person is not Gillick competent they are therefore deemed to lack the capacity to consent, and consent can be given on their behalf by someone with parental responsibility or by the court.