Working together with families

Every aspect of work with children staying at Collingham is planned and implemented in consultation with their families. Parents or carers must consent to their child being admitted, and to any assessments or treatments.

Referrals are made to Collingham by child mental health professionals after they have discussed and agreed the referral with parents or carers. Staff will then come and meet parents and professionals working with your child at your local CAMHS clinic. If we all decide an admission might be helpful, we will invite you to visit Collingham with your child to have a look around and to meet the team. When you visit, we will set goals for the admission and if we all still agree an admission will be useful, you may decide whether you wish to go ahead.

Children stay at Collingham overnight from Monday to Friday and then return home at weekends. We work with children and parents to help them manage weekends at home successfully. Occasionally, children spend part of their admissions as day-patients, going home every evening.

We will make a care plan with you and your child to describe the work we will be doing together. We will always seek your agreement to assessments and treatment and will provide you with information and advice you need to make these decisions. Parents and community-based professionals, such as teachers and social workers, will be invited to regular reviews to discuss progress.

When the time comes to for your child to leave Collingham, we make arrangements with families and local services. This is to try to ensure that any help that children need is in place before they leave the centre.