Our core purpose is to work with people and lead communities in improving their mental and physical health and wellbeing for a better life; through delivering excellent and responsive prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.
CAMHS ID stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities (this used to be called Learning Disabilities) and we support children and young people aged 0-19 and their families with a wide range of difficulties.
We offer assessment and intervention to children and young people and their families who have an intellectual disability who are presenting with emotional, mental health or behavioural distress.
Referrals usually come to us from your School Nurse, your GP, or other profession and then we will invite you or your parent for a first appointment to learn more about you.
Lots of children and young people and their families feel worried before meeting a member of the team from CAMHS ID because it is something new. At the first appointment often we will meet with your parents or carers on their own, we also sometimes also gather all of the people involved in the care together to try and coordinate approaches and work together. We will then meet you with your parents/carers at a place that suits you.
Assessment and Intervention will be community based, Interventions will be individually tailored to meet the mental health needs of the child and family, taking into account their age, developmental level and culture. Interventions will be devised in partnership with child and families, the best outcomes for children are when families and their wider support networks are fully engaged and invested and working in partnership with our team.
Liaison, consultation and training are forms of indirect work undertaken by the team. Partnership with other agencies will allow smooth cooperation of the multi-professional network through a co-ordinated approach.
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