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Forensic child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

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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.

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