The Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provide an assessment and treatment service for children and young people (aged 0 – 18) and their families/carers living in the borough of Bexley,
where there are significant concerns about their behaviour or emotional wellbeing.
Please refer to our separate page for more information about other children's mental health support in Bexley.
We also provide advice, consultation and support to the other individuals and agencies involved in children's care. The service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and with some additional early morning and evening clinics.
We are a specialist service so children and young people will generally be seen by other services first (eg health visitors, educational psychologists, school counsellors, behaviour support services, social workers, doctors).
What problems do we help with?
We can help with a number of emotional and behavioural difficulties that might be affecting a child or young person’s life at home or at school. Examples are:
- anxiety problems
- behavioural problems
What can we offer?
If we think that CAMHS is the right service to help a child we will offer an initial assessment appointment. At this appointment we meet with children and their parents/carers to find out about the things that are worrying them.
At that first meeting we decide whether the child or young person needs our help.
If they do, we might offer written information or practical advice. We may arrange some sessions with a member of the team who can help with the problem. In some cases we might meet with the person who made the referral to think about how we could help.
Sometimes we refer onto other agencies and sometimes people do not need our service.
Who is in the team?
The CAMHS team includes:
- child psychotherapists
- child and adolescent psychiatrists
- clinical psychologists
- family therapists
- specialist nurses
- primary mental health workers social workers
- specialist adolescent workers
- substance misuse worker
Who can refer?
Children can be referred by their GP, health visitor, school, social worker or any other professional working with them.
Refer to the referral pathway map below or download a copy from the panel on the right.
When will the appointment be?
Children will be seen by the worker who would be best suited to help them with their problem. When we receive referrals we prioritise them and emergencies are seen straight away. Everyone else is seen as soon as possible. The Department of Health says that no one should wait longer than 13 weeks for their first appointment.
Where will the appointment be?
The appointment will be at our main base in Erith or at one of our local community bases including Acorns at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup. We can see people at home or elsewhere in special circumstances.
What if i am not happy with the service?
We are committed to working in partnership with referrers, service users and carers. We welcome any feedback or comments about our service.
If you are unhappy with the service you receive you can discuss this with your case worker, or with the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Tel: 0800 917 7159.