Early Help CAMHS and Integrated Health
Early Help CAMHS (EHCAMHS)
The aim of the Family Early Help Service Early Help CAMHS team is to provide a safe, effective, responsive service where staff involve and treat children, young people and their families with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.
- We are a community mental health team, co-located within the Family Early Help Service. Our EHCAMHS practitioners are linked directly to the 11+ and Under 11s services.
- The team consists of a range of qualified and experienced clinicians from different professional backgrounds, including social work, mental health nursing, psychotherapy, counselling and clinical psychology.
- We cover the borough of Southwark and see children with a Southwark GP, a Southwark home address, or a Southwark school.
- The Early Help CAMHS team promotes the mental health and psychological wellbeing of children and young people. We provide high quality, multi-disciplinary mental health assessments, and treatment and therapeutic support to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
- We offer advice, consultation, assessment and brief treatment (up to 12 sessions) to children and young people in Southwark up to their 18th birthday, at which point we can work closely with adult services to ensure a smooth transition and handover of care.
- We offer a range of specific therapeutic interventions based on best practice evidence. We understand that when it comes to treatment, one size doesn’t fit all, and we strive to work collaboratively with children and families to find what works best for them.
- Working within the Family Early Help teams means we work very closely together to ensure children and families quickly get the support they need. We offer consultations to our FEH colleagues for families they are working with where there may be a mental health concern.
- We have a clinician on duty every working day, who can provide advice, information, and signposting.
- Referrals to the team are made via the same route as to FEH, by using the FEH referral form, clearly stating concerns regarding the child’s emotional and mental health. A member of our EHCAMHS team attends the FEH referral meetings to ensure children, young people and their families receive the right support, at the right time with the right expertise to help.
- We have a close relationship with CAMHS tier 3 teams, and agreed inter-team transfer protocols in case it’s more appropriate a child is seen by another CAMHS’ team. An example could be if a child is experiencing more severe mental health problems, and would be best seen by tier 3 CAMHS.
Early Help CAMHS central team contact number is 0203 049 8375
Page last updated: 12 January 2023