We are NHS Child and adolescent mental health workers. As a team based in the community within a children’s services department we work closely with partner agencies who sit within the youth justice service.
Research tells us that young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system have higher rates of mental health problems. We understand that sometimes it is difficult to access mental health support, as a team we have smaller caseloads so can be flexible to build relationships with these young people who may struggle to engage with generic services.
- Being honest with workers about worries or concerns you may have for your child.
- If you can, coming to appointments with them.
- Asking for help if you feel you need it, we all have things we need extra help with.
What CAMHS can do to help
With your consent we can meet and discuss if you have concerns around your child’s mental health. We can work closely with the youth justice service to ensure that if your child has underlying mental health problems they gain the right support from the right services. We can signpost you to services which may be able to help. If there are specialist assessments which are needed then we may be able to complete them within the youth justice service. As a team we work flexibly within the community, the Youth justice service offer flexible community based appointments including late nights, and when required we are able to do this if required.