CAMHS for Looked After Children (CAMHS LAC)

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We are a team of Clinical Psychologists, Senior Social Work Practitioners, Psychotherapists, Assistant Psychologists, Therapeutic Children’s Workers and Psychiatrists, working with children and young people up to the age of 18 years, who are living in the care of Manchester Local Authority, both within and outside of Manchester.

This includes children who are living with foster carers, in children’s homes and some, at home with their families. We offer our service to children and young people who are experiencing mental health and emotional difficulties.

We offer a range of mental health and wellbeing interventions for children and young people individually; for children and their carers together; and for carers individually or in our Fostering Attachments group.

We also offer training and consultation to the adults in the child/young person’s support network, for example foster and relative carers, birth families, residential children’s home staff, social workers, school staff and leaving care personal advisers, to help them think about how they can support the young person best.

Young people have said “What was really good was the fact that the people I have seen have helped me to become a better person physically, mentally and emotionally.”

Service Lead:

Kate Bonser, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Access:

Referral by self, children’s services staff (e.g. Social Worker), healthcare staff (e.g. GP, paediatrician, LAC Nurses), or parents/carers; as long as whoever hold parental responsibility agrees. Referrals can be made via the standard referral form and emailed or posted to the team at any of the 3 bases (see below). Referrals are screened on a daily basis and then discussed at the weekly team meeting. The referrer is informed of the outcome.

Anyone who is concerned about a young person’s mental health can also discuss their concerns directly with a worker on the team.

Opening Hours

The service currently operates from Monday to Friday during the hours of 9.00 am and 5.00 pm (excluding bank holidays).

Location: We are a city-wide team located across the 3 Manchester CAMHS bases (The Winnicott Centre, The Bridge and The Carol Kendrick Centre), but working across community settings too (e.g. school, home). We also work with children if they are moved out of Manchester. Our addresses and contact details are:

North

The Bridge
Madison Place
Northampton Road
Manchester Central Park
M40 5BP

Tel: 0161 203 3264

Central

The Winnicott Centre
195-197 Hathersage Road
Manchester
M13 0JE

Tel: 0161 701 6880

South

Carol Kendrick Centre
Stratus House
Southmoor Road
Wythenshawe
Manchester
M23 9XD

Tel: 0161 902 3400