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CAMHS Alliance - Hackney


Covid-19 and related government lockdown service update. 

CAMHS have put together the following doucuments to update and help families and young people know how to manage their well-being and mental health, with support if needed, during the current government enforced lockdown. 

COVID-19 resources for parents-carers CAMHS (information, resources and links)

Short leaflet that helpfully identifies sources of support for a those experiencing different levels of difficulty and includes current contact numbers for a range of eventualities. 

City  Hackney CAMHS COVID Getting Help 

Who we are...

City and Hackney is firmly committed to whole system joined up working between organisations.

This is why a multi-organisational CAMHS Alliance was created in April 2015,  to develop better ways of partners and organisations working together to deliver care services that can reach more children, young people, families, schools and the wider community.

What we do... 

CAMHS  Alliance teams have staff with different skills to meet the needs of the differnt people who need their help and can be involved where there are concerns about emotional well-being, behaviour and mental health.

All staff in the teams understand that friendly and non-judgemental support is important and can listen, talk and think together with you, about what is going on and what might help.

The different service in the CAMHS Alliance deal with a range of issues from common worries that get in the way of everyday life to more serious difficulties that might last or have lasted longer. 

You can find out more about individual teams in the alliance below and in the City and Hackney CAMHS Alliance - Directory which is available to download or print off. 

Find out more: City and Hackney CAMHS Alliance - Directory (updated 2019)

CAMHS Alliance teams and projects 

CAMHS are involved in various projects that support children and young people including: 

What teams are involved in the alliance?

There are different CAMHS Alliance teams and partners that work across City & Hackney.

First Steps Early Intervention Community Psychology Service - CAMHS

First Steps is an NHS psycology service for children and young people aged 0 – 18 years and their families. This service is part of City and Hackney CAMHS and they work in partnership with other CAMHS services.

The aim of the service is to offer early help with any difficulties related to behaviour, emotions and relationships before they become more complicated or difficult to address.

Find out more: First Steps Early Intervention Community Psychology Service - CAMHS

CAMHS Disability Service

This service works with children and young people with moderate to profound learning disabilities. They meet with children, young people and families to think together about concerns, understand them better and work on agreed goals for positive change.

Siblings Club – CAMHS Disability

This is a club for siblings of children who access services at Hackney ARK (i.e. brothers and sisters of children who have additional needs). The clubs are run through the CAMHS Disability team and usually run during school holidays.

CAMHS works with other professionals to join up strategies and approaches

Find out more: CAMHS Disability Service

Specialist CAMHS

Specialist CAMHS offers assessment and help to children, young people and their families with significant emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. 

Find out more: Specialist CAMHS - City and Hackney - Homerton Row

Children and Families Clinical Service

The Children and Families Clinical Service works with children and young people and their parents and carers who are receiving support from Children's Social Care, Young Hackney, the Family Support Service and the Youth Offending Team.

They offer a full range of CAMHS services including specialist clinical assessments and individual, family and group therapy

Find out more: Children and Families - Clinical Service

Off Centre - Hackney Young People's Councelling, Advice and Information Service

Off Centre is a counselling, therapy, advocacy, advice and psychosocial service for young people aged between 11 and 25 who live, work or study in Hackney.

Find out more: Off Centre - Hackney Young People's Counselling, Advice and Information Service

Family Action

Family Action provide practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation.

Find out more: Family Action

Record Last Updated on: 07/05/2020

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