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Lambeth CAMHS

Lambeth CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Lambeth Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is provided by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. We believe that every child has a right to be healthy. This includes all forms of health, including emotional and mental health. We aim to deliver a safe, effective, responsive service where children, young people and their families are treated with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

In an Emergency

If you feel unsafe and need immediate help go to your nearest hospital with an Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department where the psychiatric liaison team can help you (24 hours a day, 365 days of the year).

If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm - either to yourself or someone else - then phone 999.

What we do

We are part of the National Health Service (NHS) and work with other services to support and help young people and their families. In CAMHS we specialise in providing help and treatment for children and young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, for example; depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, suicidal thinking, mood disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders and psychosis.

The help we give is very individual to each child or young person and is decided after very careful assessments. We are committed to partnership working with the families of children.

We are part of the national network of mental health support for children and young people and provide in-patient health care for children and young people in four locations and provide an Accident and Emergency (A&E) Team at St Thomas’ Hospital and Kings College Hospital

We are a CYP-IAPT service and we offer individual and family interventions, psychological therapies including talk therapies, creative therapies and medication management in line with NICE guidelines.

Our work is organised into six areas:

  1. The Child and Adolescent Community Service (CACS) provides assessment and treatment to children and young people up to 18 years of age who are experiencing moderate to severe emotional and mental health disorders, which are having an impact on their functioning at home, school or in the community.
  2. The Neurodevelopmental Team (NDT) is co-located with other child health teams -at the Mary Sheridan Centre. We provide a community based service for children and young people with severe and complex neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual impairment who have mental health difficulties. For more information follow this link. The Autism and Complex Needs Intervention Support Team (ACIST) is part of the NDT and we provide an intensive service for children up to the age of 14 who have a diagnosis of ASD, severe learning disability or challenging behaviour. We also work closely with the Lambeth Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service (LANDS), which assesses children and young people referred to the service to ensure that they are supported in the best way for their needs.
  3. The Early Intervention (EI) Team works as part of the Multi Agency Team (MAT) providing mental health expert support. We offer assessment, brief treatment and therapeutic support (up to 6 months) to children and young people with mental health difficulties and disorders. We also provides services at the Lambeth Well Centre (16 Wellfield Rd, Lambeth, Streatham, Greater London SW16 2BP Tel: 020 8473 1581) a youth health centre for young people aged 13 to 20.
  4. The Children Looked After Mental Health Service (CLAMHS) provides specialist support to children and young people who are in the care of the London Borough of Lambeth Local Authority. We provide mental health assessment and evidence-based interventions such as talking therapies and medication. We work closely with foster carers, social workers and other involved agencies. For more information about educational support for looked after children and young people follow this link.
  5. The Youth Offending Service (YOS) CAMHS provides specialist mental health treatment and support to young people who have become involved in the Youth Justice System. This team also delivers a specialist service for young people who present harmful sexual behaviour.
  6. The Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS) is a group of psychotherapists and psychologists who are experienced in working with parents, children and families. They have specialist training in Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy and aim to strengthen the relationship between parents and their babies, both supporting the wellbeing and development of the child and helping to manage the stress of being a parent. We work with expectant parents, parents with babies, and families with children up until their 4th birthday who live in the LEAP wards of Tulse Hill, Stockwell, Coldharbour and Vassall.

CAMHS also work with The Community Paediatrics and Child Health Team and the Children with Disabilities Team. To find out more about these services click on the name links.

Where a child or young person has an existing Statement or, after 1 September 2014, an EHC Plan which includes support from the CAMHS Team we will contribute to reviews of those plans.

For more information about EHC Plans and Assessments click on the links.

Where we do it

Our clinics are at:

  • William Geoffrey House, 35 Black Prince Road, Kennington, London SE11 6JJ

Team: Child & Adolescent Community Service

Phone number: 020 3228 7370

  • Mary Sheridan Centre, Wooden Spoon House, 5 Dugard Way, London, SE11 4TH

Teams: Neurodevelopmental and ACIST

Phone number: 020 3049 5260

  • International House, Canterbury Crescent, SW9 7QE

Teams: Children Looked After / Early Intervention / PAIRS

Phone number: 020 3228 6765 / 020 3228 6783 / 020 3228 6771

  • Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill SW2 1RL

Team: Youth Offending

Phone number: 020 7926 2644

If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child talk to your school or GP. They will help you to access our services.

If you have concerns about the service we are providing please talk with your CAMHS clinician. If that does not resolve your problem please call our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 020 3228 2726, 0203 228 3698 or 0203 228 5084 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To find out more about our service and what we do for children and young people visit www.slam.nhs.uk and enter “Lambeth” in the borough search and “CAMHS” in the clinical speciality search. Back to previous page

For information relating to Adult

For Information about support services for mental health for people in Lambeth between the ages of

18-65, please click here

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