Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

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  • Autism, ADHD & learning disabilities
  • Children & young people
  • Eating disorders

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Sheffield’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides a specialist service to children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing difficulties which are seriously impacting on their mental health and emotional wellbeing. This includes treatment and support to those experiencing eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating) and self-injury/self-harm.

Patients can be seen and helped in a number of ways from consultations through to staying at their inpatient facilities for those who require it. They also have a 24 hour, seven-day-a-week psychiatric on-call service.

The Community CAMHS Teams have two bases at different locations in the city to make it easier for people to see them: Beighton Community CAMHS at the Becton Centre and Centenary Community CAMHS in Upperthorpe.

CAMHS offer a range of different services:

  • The Becton Centre for Children and Young People is a state-of-the-art centre for children and young adults aged up to 18 with serious and complex mental health issues. The centre offers a range of treatment in four lodges depending on the age of the child. Becton School provides educational provision for all four lodges, with individual curriculums and timetables for each.
  • The CAMHS Occupational Therapy Team see children and young adults with a range of complex behavioural and mental health problems and aims to develop independence and self esteem.  The team support children and young people through various interventions, like using devices, encouraging them to access community services and group work, and can also deliver recommendations to families. They also deliver sensory assessments.
  • The Child and Adolescent Learning Disability and Mental Health Team sees a particular group of children and young people with moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities and who may be experiencing a range of emotional and/or mental health difficulties in the community.
  • The Vulnerable Children’s Team work into multi agency settings for Looked after Children (children in care) and youth offending.

The multidisciplinary teams consist of psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, family therapists, art psychotherapists and administrative staff who offer clinic-based assessment and treatment, group work and school observations. You can find more information about the services that are offered on the CAMHS website.

Referrals are through a GP, educational psychologist, social worker, paediatrician or MAST panel meetings. Find out about referrals.

The CAMHS team have also developed the Epic Friends website for young people who think their friends may have mental health problems.

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