Our job is to promote emotional wellbeing and provide treatment to Children and Young People with mental health needs living in the London Borough of Kingston
Kingston Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)/Woodroffe Family Adolescent and Child team (FACT)
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Kingston CAMHS offers assessment and treatment to Children and Young People with a range of moderate to severe mental health problems.
Where appropriate a combination of approaches is used in line with the young person's needs and as agreed with the family through care planning. This service is for children, young people under 18 and their families who have a Kingston GP.
Conditions we treat
The CAMHS teams treat Children and Young People presenting with enduring and moderate to severe mental health needs which impact significantly on daily functioning.
Kingston CAMHS is a Tier 3 service and offers assessment and treatment to Children and Young People with a range of moderate to severe mental health needs. Where appropriate a combination of approaches is used in line with the young person's needs and as agreed with the family through care planning.
This service is for Children, Young People under 18 and their families who have a Kingston GP.
It can be difficult waiting for support after being referred to services. Whilst we do our best to see all Children and young people as soon as possible, our waiting times are longer that we would like. We are committed to providing open and clear information around current expected waiting times depending on which part of CAMHS you are waiting to access. The waiting list tables explain average waits, as well as number of people waiting and likely time you will wait from a referral to initial assessment. Please note these are average waits and therefore you may find yourself seen sooner or slightly longer than estimated.
To support you during your waits we have provided some useful tools and information which you can use to support you during this time. These can be found under resources tab.
RTT (Referral to Treatment)- this is from the time we receive your referral to your second clinical appointment.
Average wait - this is taken from the average time people waited during the previous month, and is counted from the time you are added to the waiting list until the time you start your first therapy appointment.
Number of people waiting - this number is taken from the end of the previous month.
|Team Name||Average weeks wait||Number of people waiting|
|Kingston CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA)||7.6||458|
|Kingston CAMHS Tier 3||15.0||92|
Tier 3 Therapy Waits:
Tier 3 is moderate to severe level of need
|Team Name||Average weeks wait||Number of people waiting|
|Tier 3 ADHD Medication Review||34.3||36|
|Tier 3 Family Therapy||15|
|Tier 3 Individual Therapy||19.3||60|
|Tier 3 Psychiatry||22.4||11|
What you can expect at Kingston CAMHS
The CAMHS SPA team screen all referrals to ensure that the Child/Young person is directed to the most appropriate service, including completing telephone screenings with the family and/or relevant professionals, or Face-to-Face assessments as appropriate. We cannot offer assessments for all referrals, so request that referrers please complete all referral questions on the form, including demographics and risk details.
The referral may be accepted to one of the South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust Tier 3 CAMHS services, or for the Emotional Health Service (Tier 2 CAMHS Services) within Achieving for Children. We also accept referrals on behalf of local youth counselling services and may signpost young people and their families to other local support services and resources.
Services offered include:
Assessment of moderate to severe mental health/conditions, formulation/diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.
Safety risk assessment and risk management plans to support children and young people presenting with mental health difficulties.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Group Sessions
Psychoeducation and parent work
Medication advice, prescribing and monitoring
Consultations and network meetings with other professionals
Professionals, parents, carers and children and young people can make a referral to the CAMHS SPA.
All GP's are advised to make any CAMHS referrals via the Electronic Referral System (eRS).
All other professional referrers or parent/family should refer directly to our CAMHS SPA by downloading the referral form and emailing this into our Kingston & Richmond CAMHS SPA Referrals inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to make an enquiry prior to making a referral you can call the CAMHS SPA on 020 8547 6171, 9am 5pm on weekdays
Referrals for children and young people presenting for assessment of neurodevelopmental difficulties (ASD/ADHD) will be screened initially by the Kingston Single Point of Access (SPA) assessment team. If the SPA team find that the child or young person should undergo a more comprehensive assessment, they will refer on to the specialist Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service.
Referrals for children and young people presenting with eating difficulties will be screened initially by the Kingston Single Point of Access (SPA) assessment team. If the SPA team find that the child or young person should undergo a more comprehensive assessment, they will refer on to the specialist Children and Young People Community Eating Disorders Service.
Facilities at Kingston
Where to find us
Red Lion Road
Telephone: 020 3513 5000
Monday Friday: 09:00 - 17.00
If you, or your parent/carer is concerned about your deteriorating mental health, and you think you would benefit from crisis support, advice, and guidance, you can call:
0203 228 5980 (Monday - Friday: 5pm - 11pm) and (Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays: 9am - 11pm)
This help line is staffed by CAMHS Crisis Practitioners, to help you or the young person you're caring for through a period of crisis or significant distress
You may also find it useful to view our Resources tab and Kingston young carers are also able to access Kingston Carers' network: www.kingstoncarers.org.uk