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2.2 Child and Family Mental Health Services


This chapter was updated throughout in December 2014; it contains an overview of the services provided by Calderdale Therapeutic Services and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and explains how to make a referral to these services.


  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose of Calderdale Therapeutic Services
  3. Referrals to Calderdale Therapeutic Services
  4. CAMHS

1. Introduction

There are currently two strands of services for children who are in need of support with emotional health issues – Calderdale Therapeutic Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Calderdale Therapeutic Services offers consultation, training and support to professionals, alongside direct therapeutic support to children and young people who are Looked After. This can take the form of specialist assessments, direct therapeutic work, and outreach support. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services offer a range of assessments, interventions, and support for children and families where there are concerns around Mental Health.

Many of the children and families that social workers deal with have a range of difficulties that would generally be described as mental health difficulties. For example, emotional or behavioural problems in the children, the long-term effects of trauma in either children or adults, signs of depression or anxiety or the psychological consequences of disability or illness. For children who are Looked After, these difficulties can be more pronounced due to a possible history of abuse and/or trauma. Thus, Calderdale Therapeutic Services is designed to provide practical solutions to the many complex issues which this cohort of children can face. We also work closely with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to ensure that there is an appropriate Pathway between both services.

2. Purpose of Calderdale Therapeutic Services

  1. To provide advice and support to social workers in their work with children and their families and carers and relevant professionals;
  2. To jointly determine with the social worker and CAMHS Portfolio Lead for Children Looked After if a referral to Tier 3 CAMHS is appropriate in individual cases;
  3. To improve the outcome for Children Looked After in terms of emotional health and wellbeing.

3. Referrals to Calderdale Therapeutic Services

A referral form is available from Calderdale Therapeutic Services, and is available on the Intranet.  Upon receipt of a completed referral form, a decision will be made by the Team Manager within 24 hours as to the outcome of the referral. This is likely to be a Placement Support Consultation.  However, it could also be No Further Action, Request for Further Information, and/or Signposting to more appropriate services. 

We also operate a Lead Professional service. This refers to a Lead Professional being available for informal discussion each day. Please call and ask for the Lead Professional if you have any query about the service on 01422 266077. 

The final route in to the service is via the CAMHS Pathway meetings which are held each Wednesday afternoon between 15.00hrs and 17.00hrs. This is a weekly slot where CAMHS’ practitioners and CTS practitioners meet to discuss referrals to each service. It is also an opportunity for Social Workers to discuss concerns around Mental Health for Children Looked After, and to ensure that their needs are prioritised and addressed in a meaningful and timely way. In order to access this service, please email the Team Manager 48 hours before with full details of the young person and the nature of concerns. This will enable CAMHS practitioners to gather any relevant information beforehand.


In order to access CAMHS, contact them via either the Single Point of Access or the child’s GP. 


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Calderdale are provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Counselling.

The two organisations work together to provide a service for children, young people and their families. CAMHS helps parents and professionals address concerns about the emotional or mental health of a child or young person up to age 18. CAMHS also works to assess, diagnose, and treat more complex conditions such as ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

From 2 June 2014, Calderdale CAMHS will be providing a phone-based Single Point of Access on 01422 261 332 for referrers. The Single Point of Access will be available 9am until 4pm Monday to Friday (at busy times, an answerphone will be in operation).

The Single Point of Access will help professionals who work with children, young people and families to make referrals into CAMHS and/or consider other ways of supporting the child or young person.

The Single Point of Access offers:

  • A phone-based consultation service for referrers, offering advice and information for potential referrals;
  • An information point regarding the progress of referrals;
  • A team of clinicians who review and process referrals into CAMHS based on mental health risk, using a stepped model of care for crisis, urgent, and routine referrals.

For more information about Calderdale CAMHS, including referral forms and self-help materials, please see: Calderdale CAMHS website