What services do CAMHS offer?

Talking, listening and thinking about things that might help, is all that most children that visit CAMHS need; though some may also need medication to help them feel better.  Very occasionally, where a child or young person needs more help, we may decide that a stay at hospital would be best.  A Psychiatrist would always be involved when a decision is made to give medicine or suggest a stay at hospital.  When we suggest a certain treatment or therapeutic practice, we will always explain what it involves, why we think it will help and the choices available to you and your child.

A large part of our service is about working with you, offering support and guidance to better understand your child’s mental health difficulties and ways in which you can help.  However, it’s important that you are aware that when a young person turns 16 it is their choice whether their family is involved.

To find out more about our specialist inpatient units for 13-18 year olds visit….


Adolescent Inpatient Services link

Inpatient support for younger children is provided through Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and it would be arranged for you by your local mental health team.



To better understand the services CAMHS offer from a child or young person’s perspective, please check out the 5-12 and 13-19 sections of this site.  These sections can also be very useful in helping younger brothers and sisters to better understand what CAMHS does as a service. Some pages you might find particularly useful include:

Getting help from CAMHS explains where you can visit us and who might attend, the different people that work here, how we can help and keeping in touch.

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Staying at hospital in the 13-19 section of the site talks about reasons, choices and working in partnership. Inpatient support for younger children is provided through Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and it would be arranged for you by your local mental health team.

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 Confidentiality explains your child’s rights to confidentiality, in the 13-19 section it explains how their rights change when they turn 16.

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The BOX includes tips for your child on looking after their mental health.

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What’s new includes regular updates about CAMHS.

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Also, for details of CAMHS where you live, or our specialised services, please visit ‘About Us’. You will find many web pages on the Internet that provide specific information about Talking Therapies, here is a useful one to start:



talking therapies explained link

The website of the Mental Health Foundation outlines the charity’s work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The site offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key issues.