Specialist CAMHS - Homerton Row

Service details

About Specialist CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)

Specialist CAMHS is a mental health service for children and young people aged up to 18 years old who live in Hackney.

The team consists of a mixed group of health professionals including:

  • consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • clinical psychologists
  • child psychotherapists
  • systemic family therapists
  • clinical nurse specialists
  • Junior doctors from the Great Ormond Street/Royal London child and adolescent mental health training scheme

Specialist CAMHS is a key partner within the CAMHS Alliance partnership of services. 

How do we work with children, young people, and families?

Specialist CAMHS offers assessment and help to children, young people, and their families with significant emotional, behavioral, and mental health difficulties. The service assesses and treats children and young people who:

  • have symptoms of a serious mental health disorder or difficulty
  • are unable to live a normal life and /or be with other people because of the way they are thinking and feeling about themselves or other people
  • are experiencing serious risks to their emotional and psychological well-being and development because of the way they are thinking and feeling about themselves or other people
  • where there are safeguarding concerns

The service also accepts referrals for assessment and diagnosis for children and young people with autism or ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder).

How do we work with children, young people, and families?

Specialist CAMHS offers families and young people:

  • different kinds of talking therapies to help the child, young person, and family either separately or together
  • advice to other services used by the child, young person, and family.

In agreement with the child, young person and family CAMHS may offer different kinds of medication treatments to help the child or young person.

CAMHS Homerton Row - Autism Support

CAMHS provides services for children and young people with mental health problems. A referral to the Specialist CAMHS team may be helpful to provide you and your family with professional help and advice if:

  • You think your child or young person with autism has a co-existing mental health presentation such as anxiety or depression
  • The problems do not go away or they begin to seriously interfere with their everyday lives e.g. not going to school, not eating, or sleeping.

You can be referred by a professional who knows your child e.g. GP or your child's School SENCo.

PEGASUS post-diagnosis parent information sessions

“PEGASUS is a psycho-education group for parents of children who have been recently diagnosed in Hackney with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Psyco-education means education offered to individuals and their families to help empower them and deal with their condition in the best way."

Pegusus sessions offer 2 morning sessions which are 3 hours long. The sessions aim to help parents understand more about autism and learn ways of managing their child’s difficulties related to autism.

To access these sessions you will be referred by the autism assessment team you received the diagnosis from if it is the most appropriate group for you. 

The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Health

The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Health is an in-patient and day-patient service for young people who have a serious psychiatric illness including psychosis. Young people from Hackney may attend or be admitted if their support needs are very significant. The unit is located at Newham General Hospital. 

If your child or young person has a learning disability or is autistic and is at risk of becoming an inpatient you can get specialist advice and support via the Dynamic Support Register and the Care, Education Treatment Reviews process

SEND Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years and Pregnancy 0-4
Primary 4 -10
Secondary 11-14
Preparing for Adulthood 14-18
SEN Provision Type
  • Targeted
  • Specialist

Who to contact

0203 222 5600 0203 222 5600
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Where to go

Children and Young People Centre
15 Homerton Row

E9 6ED

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Venue Notes

Buses: 236, 276, 308, 394, 425 , 488, W15

Train: Homerton, Hackney Central

Parking: limited parking. Disabled parking available on request

Time / Date Details

Time of day
  • Morning
  • Afternoon
Session Information
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Other details

Who is eligible?

The suspected mental health difficulties must be urgent, persistent, complex, or severe.

The child or young person must be registered with a Hackney or City of London GP.

The child young people and their family have a high level of case complexity. This means a significant mental health problem AND other problems affecting the family, for example:

  • child protection issues
  • risk of harm to the child or other people close to them, caused by the child or someone else
  • possibility of child needing to be looked after by the council because they can’t be cared for at home
  • violence
  • someone is very unwell or has a terminal illness
  • the family are asylum seekers or refugees
  • there has been an experience of torture
Referral required?


Referral Details

Professional Referrals

Referral are accepted from the GP, School or Professionals working with the child, young person or family using the City and Hackney Single Point of Access (SPA) to CAMHS.


Young people and families can also self-refer if they have been discharged from the service in the last 6 months.  

To refer please complete the City and Hackney Single Point of Access (SPA) referral form and email to huh-tr.camhs-spa@nhs.net 

You can also contact the SPA if you have questions about a potential referral by calling 020 7014 7079 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and speak to a professional.  


What to do if you have a complaint

Specialist CAMHS welcomes all forms of feedback, to help inform and improve the service.

To comment or complain about the service you received please, begin by speaking to any member of staff. This may include your nurse, care coordinator, doctor or receptionist.

Specialist CAMHS managers are available to discuss concerns or complaints. The aim is to resolve matters quickly where possible.

If you prefer to discuss your concern with someone independent of your care team you can contact our Patient Liaison and Advice Service (PALS).

The PALS team can help resolve queries and concerns quickly. If you are not happy with the outcome then they can advise you on the correct formal complaints process.


Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton Row

London E9 6SR

e-mail: huh-tr.pals.service@nhs.net

Phone: 020 8510 7315 - out of office hours voicemail service available

Textphone: 07584 445 400

Web: https://www.homerton.nhs.uk/patient-advice-liaison-service-pals


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