Why refer to Yorkshire and Humber Forensic CAMHS?

Our service is available to young people under the age of 18 living across the region and about whom there are questions regarding a mental health or neuro disability who:

  • present with a high risk of harm towards others and about whom there is a major family or professional concern

  • and/or are in contact with the criminal justice system

  • or are likely to enter secure care due to behaviour/presentation that can’t be managed elsewhere

Examples of presentations that may prompt you to refer to our service include violent behaviours, arson/firesetting, harmful sexual behaviour which occurs in conjunction with other risk related behaviour, animal cruelty or other complex high-risk behaviours which place the young person or others at risk of significant harm.

The service is community-based, and will also become involved with young people and their professional group to support transitions both in to and out of secure care hospital settings, secure welfare environments and custodial settings.

Who can refer?

We accept referrals from all professionals working with children and young people who originate from the Yorkshire and Humber region. However, we require that cases are held by a case-holder or care co-ordinator at the point of referral and throughout involvement with Forensic CAMHS.

Children and young people who originate from the Yorkshire and Humber region but currently reside out of area may also be referred to the service.


What can you expect from us?

Call our Single Point of Access (SPA) to refer a young person with forensic presentation into our service.

  • If you think a child is suitable for referral into our services you can call our Single Point of Access team to refer them. They’re available on 01924 316 071 from Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

You will receive a call back by the end of the next working day.

  • You will receive a telephone call from one of our clinicians by the end of the next working day. This will be an initial discussion to explore your concerns and the reason for your referral.
  • The clinician will offer you advice and recommend how you should proceed. This may include helping you to identify other appropriate agencies within the region that are best placed to support the young person in question.

This might be followed up by a formal consultation.

  • You might decide together that a formal consultation is needed. This can take place face to face, over the phone or via skype — whichever is most appropriate.

We will support you to find the right agencies to help.

  • If there are a number of agencies working with a young person, it may be appropriate to arrange a multi-agency consultation. You’ll be provided with written documentation following the consultation, including recommendations.

In some cases, we'll become directly involved with the young person.

  • In some cases it may be appropriate for use to become directly involved with a young person.
  • This usually means undertaking a specialist assessment and/or agreeing an approach to intervention. This will be determined via the consultation process.

How can you make a referral? 

You don’t need to complete a referral form before contacting us. Our team will make a note of all the relevant details from you over the phone, so that we can process your referral.

Please have the following information to hand:

  • Name, date of birth and contact details of the young person and their parents or carers
  • Confirmation (can be verbal) of consent to refer to our service
  • GP’s details
  • Details of all professionals and agencies involved
  • Details of any previous CAMHS support or any mental health diagnosis
  • Current living arrangements
  • Social care status
  • Education status
  • Criminal justice status

We’ll ask about your concerns and the reasons for your referral. We would also like to find out what you think the outcome of your referral will be.

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