Collingham is a nationally commissioned service and can accept referrals from local child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across England.
Children aged between five and 13 are admitted for assessment and treatment for complex mental health problems including:
The service also considers cases of severe and complex emotional and behavioural difficulties when there are concerns about safety, and cases requiring specialist advice about education and care needs.
Referrals usually occur for three main reasons:
The service does not accept referrals for the following:
A small team of staff manages all of the referrals to the service. They can be contacted for advice, support and to make a referral. They are:
CAMHS can make a referral to Collingham Child and Family Centre by telephoning the referral team on 020 7361 7940 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A member of our referral team will contact you to discuss the referral within 24 hours.
If, after an initial discussion, we think that Collingham could offer appropriate treatment, we ask the referrer to co-ordinate a local meeting with the community network. This will include the child’s family or carers and a representative from the child’s school as a minimum. It is important that as many professionals as possible can attend.
The purpose of the consultation is to gain a shared understanding about the concerns: to clarify the goals for admission and to explore the possibility of further community-based interventions as an alternative to admission.
If it is agreed that an admission is appropriate, the family will be offered a visit to the centre to look around and to complete the care planning process.
For next steps, see the care pathway.