Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are a multi-disciplinary team of professionals trained to support children experiencing emotional and behavioural problems, and their families. We provide a range of therapeutic support, and work together as a team to understand and support the needs of individual children and families that are referred to us.

Following assessment we design a package of care around a child which links in with the support currently being provided to the family by other agencies and professionals. To this aim we often take part in, or initiate meetings to plan care and gain the perspectives of others involved with a family (for example, ‘Team Around a Family’ meetings’).

We believe strongly in good inter-agency working.We work directly with children, families and parents, sometimes at our CAMHS base and sometimes in the community (for example, at schools or in the home). We also work indirectly, providing consultation and training to those involved with supporting children and families, to help understand their emotional and behavioural needs better, and to develop strategies that can be implemented consistently to help them progress. This can be on a case-by-case basis, or as support to an organisation.

This website was set up by CNWL CAMHS in response to requests by people who use our service. Children, young people and parents have told us clearly that they would like to know more about how CAMHS works, the kinds of problems it helps with, and different types of therapy and support offered. They also wanted a site aimed at de-stigmatising CAMHS and providing useful information on coping strategies and staying ‘mentally healthy’. The site was developed in partnership with them, and age-appropriate information on all these topics can be found on the children’s, young people’s and parents sections of the site.

We have also included information about when and how professionals can make a referral and access CAMHS support, as well as our training and consultation services.

CNWL services

CNWL provides CAMHS services in the London boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, and Milton Keynes. Find services