About the service
The Wakefield forensic children and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) provides support to young people who have mental health problems who may be in contact with the criminal justice system. The team works closely with professionals from local partner organisations in the health and social care fields as well as the Wakefield Youth Development Support Service.
The team provides a consultation service as well as carrying out assessments and interventions. Referrals to the team might be prompted by concerns about potential risks that may include issues around harmful sexual behaviour, violence and aggression, harm towards animals, fire setting or other complex presentations.
The team is made up of professionals who come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. By working alongside other agencies and providers the team is able to greatly enhance safe working practices. This is particularly important in cases where young people may be particularly vulnerable or present with highly complex needs and risks. The young people accessing the service present with highly complex needs and associated risks. Often these young people come with histories of trauma and abuse.
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Why would someone choose the service?
We are flexible in our approach to care and all of our contact with young people is in settings that they feel comfortable in. We ensure that they feel safe and secure and treat them with dignity and respect at all times.
The team regularly ask people accessing our service for their feedback and consistently receive high levels of satisfaction.
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- Social workers help, support and protect people who are facing difficulties in their lives. They help people to take positive steps to overcome problems and improve their lives. This could involve assessing and reviewing a service user’s situation, building relationships with service users and their families and agreeing what practical support someone needs.
Why a professional should choose the service
Our team of professionals are highly specialised in helping young people showing signs of harmful sexual behaviour, violence and aggression. By working closely with local partners we are able to offer a timely response to referrals, with referrers being contacted within 48 hours of referral.
We complete an annual internal audit to promote planning and quality amongst our staff.
The team offers a consultative service where consultations may lead to assessments and interventions in individual cases. A range of assessments are offered by the team and are decided upon on a case-by-case basis. This may involve the use of clinical tools such as SAVRY (Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth), AIM (Assessment Intervention and Moving-on) and J-SOAP (Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol).
In complex cases, more comprehensive assessments are offered and may include the use of several forensic mental health assessment tools. In some cases, this will also include assessment and screening for, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum conditions (ASC).
Interventions offered by the team are often done in collaboration with other local agencies and professionals.
We aim to support young people across the Wakefield area and help to reduce any potential risks they may face or pose.
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, AHPs, Consultants, Courts, Drug/alcohol agencies, GP staff, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Local authority staff, Midwives, Other NHS services, Police, Single Point of Access team, Youth Offending Team
Referrals also accepted from:
Referrals to the team may be prompted by concerns in relation to risks that may include (but are not restricted to) harmful sexual behaviour, harm to animals, fire setting, violence or aggression.