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Child and Adolescents Mental Health Service is a Health Authority Service to children and young people with mental health needs. Promoting the emotional wellbeing of children and young people is of course everyone's business but we all have different contributions to make. CAMHS work with children and young people where their emotional and mental health needs are more severe.

CAMHS are organised on a locality basis. These services are staffed by health professionals who specialise in working with young people and families who are experiencing emotional, developmental and psychiatric problems. Referrals to these services are normally made via your G.P. or other members of the Primary Health Care team.


CiN / Child in Need

Child 'in need' - a child that is deemed to be 'in need' if:

  • they are unlikely to achieve and maintain, or do not have the opportunity to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development without provision made by the local authority;


  • their health and development are likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without provision made by the local authority;


  • they are disabled. (Section 17(10))Children Act 1989)


Children's Guardian

Children's guardians are appointed by the court under section 41 of the Children Act 1989 as part of care and related proceedings to safeguard the welfare of the child.


This service is now called the Young Pepole's Service. It aims to provide a single point of access for all 13-21 year olds to help them prepare the transition to work and adult life.


COP (Special Educational Needs Code of Practice)

A guide for schools and Local Authorities about the help they give to children with special educational needs.
Obtained free - Tel: 0845 60 222 60.


CAF / Common Assessment Framework

This is a key part of delivering frontline services that are integrated and focused around the needs of children and young people. The CAF is a standardised approach to conducting an assessment of a child's additional needs and deciding how those needs should be met. It can be used by practitioners across children's services in England.

The CAF will promote more effective, earlier identification of additional needs, particularly in universal services. It is intended to provide a simple process for a holistic assessment of a child's needs and strengths, taking account of the role of parents, carers and environmental factors on their development. Practitioners will then be better placed to agree, with the child and family, about what support is appropriate. The CAF will also help to improve integrated working by promoting co-ordinated service provision.