CAMHS

CAMHS based at Victoria Drive PRU

What is CAMHS

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Who we are

The CAMH service at Victoria Drive PRU includes a Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, who are employed by the NHS.

What we can do

This service is available to all children who are being supported by Victoria Drive PRU, as well as families and professionals involved. Clinicians can offer sessions with children, families, and parents/carers. To get the best help for your child, we also work closely with schools and other professionals involved. The CAMH service is a consent-based service so we will always make sure you are in agreement before a referral is made.

 The CAMHS team understands that children and families come with different experiences and may be experiencing a range of difficulties. The sorts of things we can support with include:

  • Worries and fears
  • Feeling unhappy
  • Struggling to cope with big feelings
  • Difficulties with eating or sleeping
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Struggling with confidence or self-image
  • Difficulties following stressful experiences

 The support provided by the CAMHS team at Victoria Drive PRU includes:

  • In depth assessment
  • Neurodevelopmental screening for ASD/ADHD and cognitive assessments
  • A range of interventions aimed at supporting emotional wellbeing and social development
  • Groups aimed at helping children learn to manage emotions and develop positive relationships with others
  • Attendance at professional and network meetings
  • Report writing following assessments and support
  • In school training, advice, and consultation
  • Reflective practice groups for staff

What to expect after a referral has been made?

Following a referral been made to CAMHS, one of the team will give you a call to introduce themselves and together agree on a time to meet. In the first meeting the CAMHS worker will ask questions so they can start to think with you about what support might be needed for your child/ family. We understand that families may be worried about being referred to CAMHS and may have lots of questions about the service, which we are more than happy to answer.

Waiting times

We do not have a waiting list and aim to respond quickly after a referral has been received. There might be a slight delay however before you/ your child can be seen.

 

Exclusion Criteria

We cannot accept referrals where a family is going through court proceedings.

 Confidentiality

We will not pass on information about your child and family to those outside of South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust (SWLSTG) without your consent. There are however exceptions to this when we are worried about your child’s safety, or we have child protection concerns. We will always try and speak with you first if this does not compromise your child’s safety.

Complaints and feedback

We encourage all feedback, good or bad so that we can continue to improve the service. If you are unhappy with CAMHS or with the PRU, we would encourage you to raise issues with the clinician first. If you are not satisfied with this however you can contact Eileen Shannon who is the headteacher of the PRU.

You can also make a complaint directly to the trust by contacting:

Vanessa Ford
Chief Executive 
Trust Headquarters  
South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust 
Springfield University Hospital 
61 Glenburnie Road 
London 
SW17 7DJ

Victoria Gregory 
Deputy Associate Director of of Governance
Building 15
South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust 
Springfield University Hospital 
61 Glenburnie Road 
London 
SW17 7DJ

Tel: 020 3513 6150  
Email: complaints@swlstg.nhs.uk 

Contact Us

Victoria Drive Primary Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)
78 Victoria Drive
Southfields
London
SW19 6HR

Contact: Sarah Parmenter

Phone: 020 8780 2360

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