COVID-19 service update
CAMHS Disability - Current Service offer updated mid-September 2020
- All services are running including ASD assessments and treatments.
- Early intervention and parent support groups are online including ASD coffee mornings.
- The service is working with families by phone and online.
- Face to face appointments are offered when necessary.
- We are accepting all referrals for children with moderate to profound disabilities and our usual service criteria applies. This includes self referrals.
CAMHS Disability referrals email email@example.com
Duty system running daily from Hackney Ark.
Contact number: 02070147135
For crisis support families can call: 0208432 8020
CAMHS have put together the following documents 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 restrictions.
COVID-19 resources for parents-carers CAMHS (information, resources and links)
Short leaflet that helpfully identifies sources of support for those experiencing different levels of difficulty and includes current contact numbers for a range of eventualities.
Who we are...
This is a tier three or specialist NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). This services is specifically for children who have disabilities AND emotional or behaviour or mental health difficulties.
Most of the work we do is with children and young people with significant learning disabilities, autism and other types of moderate or profound disability such as a physical disability.
We have a multi-disciplinary team based at Hackney Ark - centre for children and young people with disability and special educational needs.
Our team includes:
- play specialist
- clinical psychologists
- assistant psychologists
- systemic family therapist
- child and adolescent psychotherapist
- consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
We have explained more about the way each of these team members work with families further down the page.
What we do...
We meet with children, young people and families to:
- think together about any concerns
- understand them better
- work on agreed goals for positive change
To join up strategies and approaches we work with other professionals.
These may include:
- Disabled Children’s Service social workers or other social workers
- Inclusion and Specialist Support Team or other relevant education staff
We work in the following care pathways:
- Diagnosis and intervention for neuro-developmental disorders
- Multi-agency pathways and partnership working
- Clinical Psychology pathways
- Mental Health pathways
Assessments and treatment...
We assess and treat children and young people with developmental difficulties and disability, who are also experiencing mental health problems. These may be related to a dual diagnosis of autism and ADHD, starting or monitoring medication, state of mind assessments, trauma and attachment or an emotional response to their diagnosis.
We contribute to specialist assessment and intervention groups for autism which include:
- Complex Communication Needs Assessment Group
- Next Steps
- Early Bird
- Early Bird plus
- Autism Parents Coffee Morning
- CYGNET (post diagnosis group)
CAMHS Disability - Groups for parent-carers...
We run groups to share skills, information and support parents.
- Positive Parenting
- CAMHS café
- Teen Troubles
Contact the service or check the website for upcoming sessions.
CAMHS Disability - Clubs for children and young people..
Siblings Clubs for children and young people aged 6 -11 years and 12-18 years.
Siblings Clubs are for brothers and sisters of children and young people with disabilities or developmental difficulties. The clubs take place during school holidays.
Contact the service for more information.
CAMHS Disability offer of support through schools...
CAMHS Disability offer a service to schools for children and young people with Autism from across the ability range. The offer applies to children in either mainstream or specialist settings.
This short term work of up to 6 sessions, aims to offer direct help to families experiencing difficulties for example, issues with communication, behaviour, eating, or sleep.
2 assistant psychologists from the team at the Hackney Ark can complement and collaborate with existing autism services in borough to offer school staff and families support.
The 2 assistant psychologists are able to provide consultation, teaching and training to schools, other staff and parents-carers.
Organise and run autism specific workshops to develop a shared understanding of autism by offering practical advice and signposting to local support and resources.
Who is this schools based offer for?
Families of children or young people:
- with an autism diagnosis (with or without Learning Difficulties) aged up to 19 years in either mainstream or a specialist school setting.
- where appropriate, families of children waiting for an autism assessment through the Hackney ARK
Similar to the short term 6 sessions model, we hope this will develop into a support drop-in service for staff and families in specialist and mainstream schools. At the drop in sessions staff and families would be offered practical information and resources.
To find out more see the information leaflet and referral form in the download section of this page.
Record Last Updated on: 24/09/2020