CAMHS in education
CAMHS clinicians have been working in Camden primary schools since September 2011. They are all highly trained mental health professionals with a range of both assessment and therapeutic skills.
They work with parents and school staff to understand children’s emotional needs and can address a range of issues including:
- loss and trauma
- emotional and social concerns
- behaviour difficulties
- sleep, eating and toileting issues
- family breakdown
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- problems on the autism spectrum
The clinicians are part of a multidisciplinary team and follow NHS confidentiality and patient care guidance.
The CAMHS team help schools by:
- taking and working with referrals, through meeting with children and their families and school staff
- liaising with other agencies and professionals
- providing staff training and consultation on mental health themes
This service is free to all primary schools in Camden for up to one day a month; some schools have opted to purchase additional support.
Parents with concerns about their child can talk to their child’s teacher or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to find out how to access our service. We also welcome self-referrals.
Where a child’s teacher thinks that CAMHS may be a helpful service and wants to consult with us, they will ask parents first and we will contact them.
Evidence suggests that working in this way in the community provides better access to mental health support to all families.
If you need any further general information, there is lots of advice and helpful materials available online. The websites that we recommend are My CAMHS Choice and Minded. The Royal College of Psychiatrists website also provides lots of information and factsheets.