Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Specialist CAMHS is the specialist mental health service for children and young people under the age of 18 years living in Gwent, covering the five boroughs of Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly. The core work of Specialist CAMHS is to provide specialist assessment and treatment of significant mental health difficulties and associated risks in young people under the age of 18 years. Specialist CAMHS offer a variety of psychosocial interventions, designed to address the broad range of difficulties faced by young people, parents/carers and families. Specialist CAMHS does not take self-referrals from children, young people or their parents/carers.
Referral process for CAMHS
All referrals concerning children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health (including routine S-CAMHS referrals) go into SPACE-Wellbeing, the Single Point of Access for Children’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health. SPACE-Wellbeing is pan-Gwent across the boroughs of Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly. Referrals to SPACE-Wellbeing will be discussed at a weekly allocations meeting, attended by all key providers in the borough who offer support and intervention to children and young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health needs. This includes key providers from health, local authority, education and the third sector. This process aims to ensure that children and young people are able to access the right help, the first time and that there is no duplication of support across services.
As a parent/carer, if you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, in the first instance please seek advice from either:
- Your GP surgery
- Your child or young person’s school
- Any other health, educational or social care professional already involved with your family
For more information about local CAMHS service click here