Child and Adolescent
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About CAMHS in Leeds

CAMHS is a specialist mental health service for children and young people. Our staff are highly trained in a range of different assessment techniques and evidence based therapies. Staff work closely in teams so that we can offer services tailored to the needs of the children, young people and families we see.

This is what children, young people and families tell us about coming to Leeds CAMHS. 

Your Privacy

Feeling comfortable and being able to talk freely is important.  We will check with you what information we can share and who with. There are sometimes situations where we must share information (for example if someone was in danger). We would try to discuss this with you first. Any records we keep about you or your sessions are stored very securely.

To make sure we offer the best quality care we check how well we are doing. To do this we collect and analyse information. This is done within our organisation and nationally (to see how we compare to CAMHS services in other areas). This leaflet provides more information about this process and what it means for you.

First Appointments

Consultation Clinic/ Next Steps: When we accept a referral, we will usually see you in a consultation clinic. In this clinic you and a CAMHS clinician will work together to think about the difficulty and what or who might help. This is a leaflet for young people and a leaflet for parents and carers which will explain more about what to expect. Our consultation clinics are changing. If you have recently been referred you will be invited to a next steps appointment instead. 

For many children, young people and families, two or three sessions are all that’s needed.

Urgent Referrals

If we are asked to see you urgently it will probably be because of worries about safety. We will carry out an assessment and give advice about keeping safe. We will then go on to work with you in a similar way to the consultation clinic.

Further Assessment and Therapy

If you need more help following these sessions we will plan together a package of care to suit you. Because we fit it around what you need, there is no one next step, but you will get a big say in deciding what comes next.

Some options are:


Specialist assessment: Examples of some of the specialist assessments we carry out are assessments for ADHD, eating disorders and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).


Therapy: Examples of some of the specialist therapy we offer are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy and creative therapies.


Your therapist will talk through the options with you and what they think will work best for you.

Our team includes a specialist team for children with learning disabilities and their families- services are tailored to take into account their specific needs.

Intensive assessment and treatment packages

For a very small number of young people, highly intensive assessment and treatment packages are needed. Children and young people offered this will usually have had significant previous input from within our service.

Leeds CAMHS has both intensive outreach and inpatient services.

Little Woodhouse Hall is the adolescent inpatient unit in Leeds. It is for young people up to the age of 18. This leaflet by young people who have stayed at Little Woodhouse Hall tells you what to expect if you or someone you know are referred to Little Woodhouse Hall.

CAMHS nurses are also based in the Leeds YOTs (Youth Offending Teams).

What about families who need extra support to access the service?

We aim to make sure that all children, young people and families can access our service. It would be really helpful if you can let us know of any special requirements your family may have, such as disabled access, reading, hearing or language needs.

This page was reviewed and updated on 05.11.2018 (next review due September 2020)

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