Child and Adolescent Mental Health Community Services (CAMHS)

What is this service?

Severe mental illness is rare in children and young people but mental health problems are common and have a significant effect on them as individuals, their potential and their families. The most effective approach to supporting children and families involves health, social care and education working in partnership.

We offer a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary service specialising in the assessment and treatment of moderate to severe mental health difficulties that children and young people experience. We aim to:

  • Provide specialist assessment and treatments in accordance with best practice and NICE recommendations
  • Provide appropriate information for young people and their families and for other agencies, in accordance with confidentiality and consent to share protocols
  • Consultation, liaison and training for universal and targeted services, including professional carers
  • Assessments and treatments in centres that are equipped, family-friendly, non-stigmatising and culturally competent.
  • The service welcomes children, young people and their families’ views on service development

Download our CAMHS leaflet here.

How can I access the service?

Referrals to the Specialist CAMHS Team are made by Primary Mental Health Service, GPs, Paediatricians, Social Workers and Youth Justice.

Walsall CAMHS referral criteria

Dudley CAMHS referral criteria

Where is the service provided?

CAMHS has teams in both Dudley and Walsall, based at the following sites:

The Elms
Slade Road
Cradley
Halesowen
West Midlands
B63 2UR

Tel: 01384 324689
Email: cdwmh@nhs.net

Canalside
Abbotts Street
Bloxwich
Walsall
WS3 3AZ

Tel: 01922 607400

Useful Publications

Every Child Matters (Department of Health 2003)
National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services (Department of Health 2004)
Building and Sustaining Specialist CAMHS (Royal College of Psychiatrists 2005)
New Horizons: towards a shared vision of mental health (2009)
Children and young people in mind: the final report of the National CAMHS Review (2008)

Useful Links

NSPCC
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Young Minds