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Providing mental health assessment and treatment for children, young people and families living in the London Borough of Sutton

Sutton 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 Sutton.  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

Our job is to promote emotional wellbeing and provide treatment to Children and Young people with mental health problems.

Sutton Alliance provides emotional wellbeing and mental health services including:  Youth Offending Team provision, counselling services and bereavement and loss support.

The CAMHS team offers a range of assessments and treatments for Children and Young People presenting with enduring and moderate to severe mental health disorders which impact significantly on daily functioning.

Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Separation anxiety
Social anxiety
Generalised anxiety
Panic Disorder
Specific Phobias
Tic/Tourette Disorder
Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / Trauma
Behavioural Difficulties
Emotional and behavioural 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. Whilst we can't remove waiting times 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 wait 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 for during the previous month. It 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 Waits:

Team Name Average weeks wait Number of people waiting
Sutton CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA)  4.1  321
Sutton CAMHS Tier 3  8.4  52


Tier 3 Therapy Waits:

Tier 3 represents moderate to severe/complex level of need

Team Name Average weeks wait Number of people waiting
Tier 3 ADHD Medication review   12.1
Tier 3 Family Therapy  3.6
Tier 3 Individual Therapy   6.1 12 


What you can expect

A combination of evidence based, disorder specific clinical interventions are delivered in line with the Young Person's needs and as agreed with the family through care planning. Interventions are time-limited, targeted and goal focused. Treatment progress is reviewed regularly, and 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 and optimal functioning.

Treatment and intervention, including:



  • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • Family therapy
  • Pharmacotherapy with advice and monitoring
  • Consultations and network meetings with other professionals when the child or young person is open to CAMHS
  • Bereavement counselling for children and young people
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills (DBTs)
  • Guided self-help for anxiety (based on CBT model)
  • Guided self-help for low mood (based on CBT model)
  • Guided self-help for parents for anxiety (based on Cathy Creswell CBT model)
  • Guided self-help for parents for behaviour difficulties (based on behaviour model)
  • Workshops with parents / Carers and young people
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Referrals for children presenting for assessment of neurodevelopmental difficulties (ASD / ADHD) will be screened initially in our assessment team based in the Sutton Single Point of Access .  If threshold for diagnosis is met and reflected in the screening measures you will be referred to either COGNUS or the SWLSTG Trusts dedicated service for Neurodevelopmental difficulties so that a more comprehensive assessment of the difficulties can be undertaken.
  • Referrals for children presenting with Eating Disorders will be screened initially in our assessment team based in the Sutton Single Point of Access. If threshold for diagnosis is met, onward referral to the SWLSTG Trusts dedicated service for Eating Disorders will follow so that a more comprehensive assessment and treatment of the difficulties can be undertaken.



Referrals to Sutton 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 CAMHS services.

All referrals are received by an assessment team called the Single Point of Access (SPA).

Referral forms can be sent to the SPA via email to

Professionals can call the SPA team on 0203 513 3800 (option 1) prior to making a formal referral for an opinion regarding a particular child, young person or family with whom they are working.

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, online or via a telephone 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 option or signposted to the most useful service. This may include 'Getting More Help' from an identified clinician based at Sutton CAMHS, offering an evidence-based treatment (either  individual or family therapy). In addition, the young person could be referred 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 Service (CECS) who assess young people presenting in crisis and we provide follow-up and on-going treatment as required.  

Facilities at Sutton

Car parking
Disabled access
Disabled parking
Disabled toilets
Cycle parking

Where to find us

Sutton CAMHS,
Jubilee Health Centre,
East Building 2,
6 Stanley Park Road,

Sutton CAMHS 0203 523 3800 (option 2)

Single Point of Access consultation line: 0203 513 3800 (option1)


Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday-Friday

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