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Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) (Wakefield)

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About the service

For more information about making a referral to Wakefield CAMHS and for further resources, please see the referrals tab.

The Wakefield child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) provides assessment, interventions and support to children, young people and their families who are suffering from significant mental health or behavioural problems.

They may present with a range of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Severe anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)
  • Psychosis (in those aged under 14)
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Severe emotional problems
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Severe behavioural problems
  • Tic disorders
  • Autistic spectrum conditions (in those aged over 14)
  • Significant family communication problems

Please see our referral guidance document for further information. This can be found under the referrals tab.

All request’s for service into CAMHS will be screened by the Single Point of Access team for eligibility, risk and urgency.

The service is split into two main teams that cover the east and west of Wakefield.

There is also a CAMHS forensic service which is separate to Wakefield CAMHS. To view further information and further contact details for their separate Single Point of Access on their website directly.

Why would someone choose the service?

We regularly receive excellent feedback from our patient experience surveys. Some recently feedback included:

  • 87% of children and young people surveyed said they felt involved in producing their own goals and outcomes in the planning of their care.
  • 100% of parents and carers thought our professionals explained things clearly in a language that was easy to understand and that they were listened to throughout their loved ones care.
  • 92% of respondents felt they were treated with dignity and respect.