Covid-19 service update
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 COVID restrictions.
You can also find below a 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.
Who are we?
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 and are part of the CAMHS Alliance
The Clinical Service offers specialist psychological support for children and young people their families who:
- have mental health needs,
- are experiencing family relationship issues and stressors,
- are struggling with emotional and behavioural issues, and/or
- where there are child protection concerns.
Hackney's Clinical Service is accessibility and integration with other services for children and young people.
Their clinical team works with children and families across:
- Children’s Social Care
- Young Hackney
- Youth Justice (YOT)
- Family Support
We work jointly with other CAMHS providers as needed. We take a “no wrong front door” approach to responding to requests for clinical input. Any child or family who is working with other Children and Families services is potentially eligible for Clinical Service input.
We are committed to children and families experiencing a non-stigmatising, collaborative and culturally sensitive clinical service, and are committed to user participation.
The Clinical Service is a specialist mental health team. It has staff with different skills to meet the needs of young people who need their help.
The following professionals work together in this service:
- Clinical Psychologists
- Systemic Family Therapists
- Couples Psychotherapists
- Child Psychotherapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Forensic Psychologists
Who do we work with?
This is an integrated clinical service for young people receiving support from the services listed above.
Our Clinicians work with families where there are concerns about a child’s:
- emotional wellbeing,
- development or
- mental health; within the context of presenting difficulties including family and community stressors
- educational difficulties
- offending behaviours
- abuse and neglect
- attachment difficulties
- parenting difficulties
- deliberate self harm and substance misuse problems.
We also provide clinical consultation, supervision and training to:
- other Children and Families Services staff
- foster carers
- Special Guardians and
What do we do?
We are a diverse and qualified team who can offer a wide range of support including individual, family and group work. What we offer is flexible, and based on your wishes and needs.
If you come to any appointments with our service, please do let us know what is useful for you and we will try to tailor our support around you.
The Clinical Service generally works on an outreach basis. This is with children and families in their homes, schools, Youth Hubs or other community settings. They can also offer individual, family and group work.
The Clinical Service offers a range of support to service users, depending on their identified needs and goals.
Clinicians draw on a range of evidence-based approaches including:
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Systemic Psychotherapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Social Learning Theory and
- Attachment Theory-based approaches.
Where direct work is provided to children and families, this may be offered on:
- as a short-term intervention for example 1 to 6 sessions
- as a medium-term intervention for example 6 to 12 sessions
- or less often on a long-term basis
As part of their direct work with children and families, the Clinical Service provides a number of specialist assessments and interventions. These all relate to parents and carers, young people and children including unborn children, and Care Leavers.
This includes specialist assessments related to:
- neuro-developmental issues
- attachment issues
- self-harm risk
- sexually harmful behaviours
- cognitive functioning and
- attention/concentration difficulties.
Specialist interventions cover a range of evidence-based approaches, reflecting the broad range of needs children and families' present with and their individual preferences and circumstances.
These include psychologically informed and cross-agency projects to address issues such as:
- CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) risk,
- gang involvement
- domestic violence
- placement breakdowns and
- post-adoption support.
Additional services information and printable resources
More information about our services can be found as printable and digital resources, including as accessible versions, in the following documents.
Service information for families
Service overview information and service strategy for referrers
Record Last Updated on: 26/10/2021