Wirral is an area of diverse need. This is reflected in the range of presenting issues when children and young people are referred to our CAMH service. In order to meet those needs the service constantly strives to review and strengthen our provision. We aim at all times to work alongside children, young people and their families to achieve this.

The service is provided via locally based teams, who offer, following assessment, intervention based on what the issues are and what the young people and families want to gain. This intervention will be from a broad range of therapeutic practices, consultation and advice.

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Choice Clinic

Offers a single point of access to CAMHS and offers families their first CHOICE appointment with Wirral CAMHS. We  accept self-referrals from families of children and young people experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties and referrals from professionals. There are a number of steps to the referral process which are detailed below:

  1. Check out of referral criteria.  This can be found in the ‘getting help/ getting more help’ section of the Wirral CAMHS Resource and Information Pack.
  2.  Call the Wirral CAMHS Advice and Duty Line on 0151 488 8453 to speak to one of our clinicians, who will ask you a range of questions to gain an understanding of your child’s needs and presentation.  This will take approximately 30 minutes. or
  3.  You can complete the self-referral form and email this to wirralcamhsreferrals@cwp.nhs.uk . However, you may also receive a call from the service before we can process the referral.


Primary Mental Health Workers 

Primary Mental Health Team works closely with schools and other professionals within the community, to ensure that children and young people are effectively supported with their mental health needs and specialist services are accessed if needed.  The ethos of the team is that Mental Health is everybody’s business.

The team provides a range of training to schools and other organisations working with children and young people in Wirral.

0-13 Team

We actively include families and carers in this process to ensure full support to the young people is ongoing this may involve us working with some young people for individual work. .

14-18 Team

This work will take place mainly with the young people. Families will be part of any assessment or intervention if the young person is happy with this and is in agreement with an identified care package.

Learning Disability (L.D. CAMHS)

Is a community based team that provides focused support for children and young people aged 0-16 who have a severe learning disability, and whose behaviours cause difficulty for themselves and their parents/carers. Referrals to the team can be made by parents/carers or any professional who is working with the child.


Psychotherapists offer assessments and regular intensive treatments to young people with complex difficulties, not easily treated by other interventions. Referrals to psychotherapy  can only be made from within CAMHS.

Everybody that visits CAMHS is different, and we tailor the services that we offer to each individual.

Please note that we are not an emergency service; if you need help urgently you must contact your doctor’s surgery or visit the Accident & Emergency department of your local hospital. (If you are already working with CAMHS, you can contact your local centre 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday; otherwise contact your doctor’s surgery or A&E).