Referral criteria & how to refer

Collingham Child and Family Centre is a nationally commissioned service and can accept referrals from local outpatient child mental health teams (CAMHS) across the UK.

Who is our service for?

Children between age five and 13 are admitted for assessment and treatment for complex mental health problems including:

  • Eating disorders
  • Affective disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Anxiety and emotional disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Neuro-developmental disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Self-harm and emotional regulation disorders
  • Primary diagnosis of mental health with co-morbid learning disability

The service also considers cases, where there are 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 child’s condition is deteriorating or failing to improve significantly despite appropriate outpatient management.
  • There is a need for intensive observation, care and assessment or treatment in the community is not appropriate.
  • When multiple assessment and treatment interventions are required in parallel.

How to refer

Local outpatient CAMHS can make a referral to Collingham Child and Family Centre by telephoning the referral team on 020 7361 7940. In addition, CAMHS professionals can complete our referral form.

We are always happy to discuss potential referrals on a case-by-case basis.

Our response to your referral

A member of the referral team will contact you to discuss the referral within 24 hours.

If after an initial discussion we feel that it would be appropriate to consider our involvement in the case, we will ask the referrer to coordinate a meeting locally with the community network, which 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 tasks/goals for admission and to explore the possibility of further community based interventions as an alternative to admission. If a task is identified the family will be offered a visit to the centre to look around and to complete the care planning process.

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