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Our job is to provide assessment and treatment to Children and Young People with mental health problems with a Merton GP

Merton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  We provide mental health assessment and treatment for Children, Young People (aged 5-18) and their families living in the London Borough of Merton.  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.


Conditions we treat

The CAMHS team offers a ranges of assessments and treatments for children and young people presenting with enduring moderate to severe mental health needs which impact significantly on their day to day life.

Anxiety Disorders
Separation anxiety
Social anxiety
Generalised anxiety
Panic Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Trauma
Risk management around Self-Harm
Risk management around Suicidal Ideation
Risk management around Behaviour
Evidence-based treatments with ADHD where appropriate
Mental health difficulties associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Waiting Times

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.  The following table explains 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.

RTT (Referral to Treatment) Waits:

Team Name Average weeks wait Number of people waiting
Merton CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA)  4.2 221 
Merton CAMHS Tier 3  17.3 45 


Tier 3 Therapy Waits:

Represents moderate to severe level of need

Team Name Average weeks wait Number of people waiting
Tier 3 ADHD Medication review   20.3 27 
Tier 3 Family Therapy  63.9 19 
Tier 3 Individual Therapy   17.3
Tier 3 Psychiatry  13.0  10

What you can expect

We offer evidence based interventions in line with the Young Person's needs and as agreed with the family through care planning. Our work is time-limited, targeted and goal focussed, and treatment progress is reviewed regularly. We aim to facilitate smooth transition and discharge from the service.

Services offered include:

  • Assessment of moderate to severe mental health conditions, formulation, diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.
  • Risk assessment and risk management plans to support children and young people presenting with mental health difficulties to support safety.
  • Evidence based therapies including:
    • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT),
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Compassion Focused therapy (CFT)
    • Trauma Focused CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing EMDR) for trauma
    • Family/Systemic therapy
    • Pharmacotherapy (medication) with advice and monitoring
    • Consultations and network meetings with other professionals


  • Referrals for children presenting for assessment of neurodevelopmental difficulties (ASD / ADHD) will be screened initially in our Merton Single Point of Access (SPA) team. If threshold for diagnosis is met and reflected in the screening measures, a referral to the SWLSTG Trust's Neurodevelopmental Disorders Assessment Team will follow so that a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of the difficulties can be undertaken.
  • Referrals for children presenting with Eating Disorders (Anorexia and Bulimia) will be screened initially in the Merton Single Point of Access team. If threshold for diagnosis is met, referral to the SWLSTG Trust's Eating Disorders Team will follow so that a more comprehensive assessment and treatment of the difficulties can be undertaken. Sometimes the Eating Disorders team will consult to our service.


Referrals to Merton CAMHS are currently accepted from professionals such as GPs, Teachers, Social Workers, School Nurses or any other health or educational professional if they feel there is a need for the CAMHS services. Professional referrals are made via the CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA) by using the eReferrals system or by emailing with our referral form

We currently accept self-referrals for 16- and 17-years olds via our self-referral form.

We offer a consultation line to professionals who wish to discuss whether to make a referral for a young person. This line is open Monday-Friday 9-5: 0800 292 2505

The Single Point of Access staff can advise on:

  • Whether Community CAMHS can help
  • How to make a referral
  • What information the service needs
  • The timescale for being seen
  • What support might be available pending the first appointment

The SPA team will screen all referrals and offer an appointment either face to face or via a telephone/video interview to determine the most suitable treatment options to address issues presented at the point of referral.

The SPA team will also send questionnaires about the young person in order for the team to gain more insight into the young person's circumstances

When the SPA team have carried out the initial screening and assessment the young person will be offered a relevant intervention or signposting option. This may include an evidence-based therapeutic intervention, risk management support or extended assessment from our Getting More Help/Tier 3 team based at Birches House. In other cases, the young person could be referred/signposted to another service within the borough that is best placed to meet the young person or family's needs (including voluntary sector services).

We are closely linked with the CAMHS Emergency Care Team (CECS) who assess young people presenting in crisis and we provide follow-up and on-going treatment as required.

Facilities at Merton

Car parking
Disabled access
Disabled parking
Disabled toilets
Cycle parking

Where to find us

Birches House
Birches Close

Phone: 0208 254 8061

Single Point of Access consultation line: 0800 292 2505


Opening Hours: 9.00 am 17.00 pm

If you, or your parent/carer is concerned about your mental health getting worse, 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 young people or their parents/carers through a period of crisis or significant distress