National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Corner House
Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) help Deaf Children and Young people who are experiencing mental health issues.
How we help
Corner House is part of the National Deaf Children and Young People's Service at South West London and St. George's Mental Health Trust. Corner House is an inpatient unit providing Tier 4 care to Children and Young People from the UK, age 5-17 years.
Corner House manages the risk whilst the Child/Young Person's mental state is assessed, treated and stabilised during which a planned returned to their community, offering therapeutic support and education is formalised. Corner House provides 24 hour care to meet the needs of the Child/Young person and their families/carers following assessment by members of the Corner House Team.
We work with specialist professionals and teams, such as those listed below, to provide you with the highest possible quality of care in British Sign Language (BSL) so that you can achieve the best outcomes from the treatments we offer for Deaf Children and Young People and their family's communication profile, deaf identity, and language.
National Deaf CAMHS service
Corner House provides a range of comprehensive mental health services for Deaf children, young people and their families or carers.
We are committed to:
- The employment of deaf service users and carer involvement in all aspects of care
- Respect and promotion of Deaf culture and British Sign Language
National Deaf CAMHS, Corner House
Corner House provides a Mental Health Service for Deaf Children and their families. The Service comprises of a 6 bedded inpatient unit. All of the Children/Young people admitted are Deaf and are likely to use a variety of communication means, including British Sign Language (BSL) and Sign Supported English (SSE).
Corner House implements a Therapeutic Community approach where intense psychotherapy input is adopted in both clinical and educational settings. The unit adopts a variety of structured and unstructured activities maintaining a safe and containing environment, offering physical and emotional support and ensuring a collective involvement of the children, young people and their families.
The service works closely with families, carers and other professionals involved in the young persons' life, as appropriate. The service has both Deaf and hearing staff. All staff have Deaf awareness and study BSL. BSL interpreters are always available where required.
We cover the following conditions:
- Anxiety disorders in children https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/10
- Autism spectrum disorder https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/11
- Depression https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/18
- Psychotic episodes https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/33
- Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/37
- ADHD https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/our-services/conditions-a-z/syndicatedcondition/44
Referrals can be made by a range of services including CAMHS, Community Paediatricians, Audiologists, Social Services, Schools for the Deaf, Hearing Impaired units, GPs and National Deaf Child and Family outreach services.
We encourage use of range of accessible point of video calls, for Deaf professionals and families, in order to discuss potential referrals.
Following this a referral form is completed and sent to the address at the top of the form.
Referrals can be made by letter, phone, email and fax. Our referral form is then sent to the referrer and family of the child. A written copy of the current mental state assessment, risk assessment, zone, and multi-agency care plan should accompany the written referral form. Supplementary information may accompany the referral but cannot be used instead of a written referral. Social history where available will also be required.
A child referred to inpatient psychiatric services may be deemed to be a Child in Need and as such prior to admission a CAF should be completed with the consent of the family if the young person is not already open to social services. This also facilitates arrangement of transport to and from Corner House which falls outside the Commissioning of the unit
South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
61 Glenburnie Road,
London SW17 7DJ
Tel: 0208 513 5802