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Barking and Dagenham: Age 5-11

The Barking and Dagenham Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health service offers help to children and young people from birth up to the age of 18 who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

Struggling with Eating

EDS: The eating disorder service

Our eating disorder service (EDS) offers specialist assessment and treatment to people aged eight and above (adults, adolescents and children). The service works with individuals and their families to support them in their recovery.

Services provided by the eating disorders service include:

  • psychological treatments delivered on an individual basis, to families and in groups;
  • dietetic input and nutritional support;
  • medical and nursing assessment and intervention


CAMHS consultant:  Dr Salma Suri
Adult EDS consultants: Dr Maria Papanastassiou, Dr Teresa Borrell
Lead person for queries: Rory Harnett - team manager

The Orchards Health Centre,
Gascoigne Road,
IG11 7RS

Tel: 0300 555 1216
Fax: 0300 300 1940
(Please ensure patient identifiable information is password protected)

Satellite site (if you are unable to get to Barking)

30 Coleridge Rd 
E17 6QU

BEAT charity

I'm worried I'm putting on too much weight/not losing weight

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is a disorder that causes people to become preoccupied with controlling their weight and shape, and consequently they engage in behaviours that result in severe weight loss. The disorder is  powered by the fear of gaining weight coupled with a relentless pursuit of thinness. People with Anorexia Nervosa are severely underweight. Overall, body shape and weight concerns dominate the individual’s thoughts and the way in which they see themselves; it also affects the way they feel.

The strategies used for weight control vary from individual to individual. Restriction of food intake is the most common strategy used. Other strategies include over-exercising, self-induced vomiting and laxative misuse.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is similar to Anorexia Nervosa in the way that those suffering from Bulimia Nervosa share the same distorted thoughts concerning body shape and weight.

People suffering with Bulimia Nervosa binge regularly on large amounts of food and then compensate for the food they have eaten. Individuals with Bulimia Nervosa use extreme compensation methods such as self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretics and over-exercising to try and prevent weight gain. As a result, life is a constant battle between the desire to lose weight and the overwhelming
compulsion to binge.

I find myself binge eating

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is also characterised by bingeing. Individuals with BED consume large amounts of food whilst feeling out of control and powerless to stop. Individuals with BED tend to eat food even when they are not hungry and continue
eating long after they are full. They may also eat as fast as they can, while barely registering what they are consuming or tasting.

People with Binge Eating Disorder may struggle with feelings of guilt, disgust and depression.

Experiencing psychotic episodes?

Our Barking & Dagenham early intervention in pyschosis (EIP) service offers intensive and assertive support for people aged 14 to 35 who may be experiencing their first episode of psychosis (for people aged 14- 18, this service is offered in partnership with our child and adolescent mental health service). We support clients with their current problems, promoting recovery and maintaining wellness, and helping them return to normal activities in their community life. We work with those presenting with First Episode psychosis, and their families, to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis. Symptoms may include hallucinations, odd beliefs and ideas of reference, problems with thinking, paranoia as well as disturbances in sleep, appetite, mood and a decline in function.

Early intervention in psychosis, Barking Community Hospital, Upney Lane, Barking, IG11 9LX 

Tel: 0300 555 1030
Fax: 0300 300 1965

Opening times: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

Feeling anxious or depressed

Emotional Wellbeing Peer Support Group (integrated youth service)

Opening time: Monday 4-6pm
Are you aged 11-19 (or 11-25 if you have a disability) and experiencing stress or difficult situations? Do you want to support friends through learning about physical and emotional wellbeing, and how you can help improve it? Grace and Alex run a peer support group for 11-19 year olds where you can learn how to build a healthy mind, body-image and lifestyle, reduce stress, depression, self-harm and eating-disorders through group work and 1-2-1 support.

The Vibe Youth Centre, Becontree Ave, Dagenham, RM8 2UT

Grace Kihu, 07875993500,
Alex Perry, 07530262770,


Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people:

  • Friendly counsellors
  • Self-help
  • Community supportA

Opening times: Monday-Friday 12pm-10pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm-10pm

Place 2 Be offers a flexible menu of services, tailored to meet schools' needs. The typical model is based on a team of five or more Place2Be personnel (both clinical staff and highly skilled volunteers) delivering a range of services in a school. Each school has a Place2Be Project Manager, an experienced clinician who oversees service delivery and assessment and works in close partnership with Head teachers and their school teams. 

Services include:

  • For children: individual and group counselling
  • For parents or carers: dedicated therapeutic support
  • For Head teachers and school staff: training, individual advice and support

Development Manager: to see how Place2Be could support your school.  To arrange training, workshops or tailored packages for your organisation or school, please email:  
or call on 020 7923 5535.

Problems at home/Being Abused

Barking and Dagenham Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Service

This service provides short-term support for all victims of domestic violence, including:

• Practical advice and information
• Legal advice on applying for injunctions and information on police procedures
• Advice on your legal rights to your home, and help to find somewhere else to live if you want to leave
• Help to increase the security of your home through the Sanctuary Project; and
• Referrals to relevant specialists and counselling

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Service works closely with the Police, Housing, the Homeless Persons Unit, Social Care Services, Eaves Housing for Women, Victim Support, drug and alcohol teams and local solicitors. Long-term support can be arranged on your behalf through liaison with other agencies depending on services required.


Call the East London Victim Assessment and Referral Service on free phone 0808 168 9291, then dial 2. Lines are open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. Local victim care team in East London on 0203 910 9040. Lines are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, can be contacted via live chat - normal operating hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Support outside of open hours: call Support line for free on 08 08 16 89 111 or request support via website

The Huggett Centre

We provide free support groups, workshops, training, and more, to women and girls who face multiple discrimination and disadvantage. In particular we work with those who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence and/or exploitation.  As many survivors do not identify their experiences in these terms, we open our doors to all women and girls. We take referrals pan London, although most of the women and girls who use the space are from Barking and Dagenham”

Opening Times:
Mon-Fri 10am–5pm Saturday mornings
We are also open for occasional evenings. Please check with the centre directly as these times are subject to change.

Contact details
321-329 Heathway, Dagenham, RM9 5AF
T: 020 3813 2955

Harman House Counselling

Our counsellors have had professional training to Diploma level and are regularly supervised. We also have trainee counsellors studying at Diploma level on placement at our agency.

We offer a calm and supportive approach that enables people to explore difficult issues in a safe environment. Counselling is a confidential process, and information is not usually divulged.

If you are:

  • Anxious
  • Depressed
  • Lonely
  • Struggling in a relationship
  • Feeling bullied or harassed in the workplace
  • Overwhelmed by your circumstances
  • Finding bereavement difficult to manage

Harman House, 341 Valence Ave, Dagenham, RM8 3RA

T: 0208 597 7686
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am-9pm.

Young Person's Advocate in Barking and Dagenham (Domestic and Sexual Violence)

YP IDSVA service includes:

  • Young people ages 13+ (FYI we also have a separate service for younger children)
  • Young women, young men and trans or non-binary young people
  • One-to-one work, group/schools work and training

The service works with experiences of emotional abuse, sexual abuse and physical abuse, including (but not limited to): CSE/child sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, forced marriage, FGM, domestic abuse in the home, sexual harassment and stalking including online abuse, so-called ‘honour’ based violence, rape and assault, trafficking and historic child abuse.

Sophie Rowan, Young Person’s IDSVA (Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocate)

 For advice:

Children and young people case worker for children and young people aged 4 to 18 years:

East London Rape Crisis Centre (ELRC)

ELRC offers a range of services including a helpline, criminal justice advocacy, health, welfare and benefits advocacy, support and specialist counselling to women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence, even if it has not been reported to the police.

0207 683 1210

Getting active and feeling healthier

Coping Through Football

Currently, the project runs specific sessions for young people aged 12-17 years in Waltham Forest and Redbridge (Fairlop playing field). All sessions are free.







Fairlop Oak playing field



Douglas Eyre sports centre


Through Football Project Coordinator, Sonia Smith:

Tel: 07538 101450

For more information, Referral form can be found on the shared drive in: Signposting B&D. They accept referrals from within Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest primary and secondary mental health and drug and alcohol services

Change 4 Life
The Change4Life Healthy Lifestyle Programme is for young people aged 5-17 years who live within Barking and Dagenham and who meet the following criteria:

  • Child/teenager is overweight/obese (BMI on or above 85th percentile)
  • Family/young person would benefit from guidance around eating habits and physical activity
  • Family/young person is motivated and able to commit to attending 10 weekly sessions

Barking and Dagenham Exercise Referral Team
Barking Town Hall
Room 300
1 Town Square
IG11 7LU


Schools Out: Get Active!
A scheme that offers a wide variety of free and low cost activities available for children, teens and family during school holidays including dance, sports, crafts, reading and performance skills. There are activities too for parents, cares and grandparents; so everyone has the chance to get active, get involved-and relax.

Google: schools out, get active! For an up to date PDF on free local events.

New me

The Lean beans healthy lifestyles programme is for children and teenagers. It runs for 12 weeks and offers families useful and practical nutritional tips on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.


  • aged between 5 and 12 years old (for the family programme)
  • aged between 13 and 17 years old (for the teenager programme)
  • over the 91st percentile in weight
  • attend a school or live in Barking and Dagenham
  • committed to making healthier changes

They also run a programme for families.


T: 0208 724 8018

The Health Visiting service
The HV service works towards health and wellbeing for children and their families and supports government initiatives such as the Child Health Promotion Programme and the Every Child Matters agenda.

Wigham House
16-30 Wakering Road, Barking, IG11 8PB

T: 0844 6001 285

Need help in school

Local Education Authority Barking & Dagenham

Education Health Care Team (EHC), Roycraft House, 15 Lynton Road Barking, IG11 8HE
T: 020 8227 2400

Tel: 020 8227 2415

Link Mental Health Advisor for schools

A new initiative to help CCGs and Local Authorities work together with schools and colleges to provide timely mental health support to CYP. It works to empower staff by brokering contact, sharing expertise and developing a joint vision for CYP mental health and wellbeing in the B&D area.

Kelly Rendell
T: 0208 227 5030

Family support

Family Information Service

Provides information on the services available to parents, including youth services, libraries, information on local childcare and early year’s nurseries and pre-schools.


The Maples, 80A Gascoigne Road, Barking, Essex,  IG11 7LQ
Tel: 020 8227 5395

Targeted Family Support

Part of the boroughs Early Help offer. It is aimed at families who need additional help from a professional for a limited time period. This includes help around behaviour management, implementing routines, completing and reviewing care packages, progression (sometimes people may use the word transition when speaking to you about this) into adult service and access to specific services that require professional referral and intervention. We receive referrals through a variety of sources including Multi Agency Panels-MAPs, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub-MASH, schools, external agencies and through cases stepped down from social care.


Service Safeguarding Officer: 020 8227 3578

Growing up

Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum (BADYF)

Set up in 2001 by young people to have a say in issues affecting their lives and communities. Today, the forum, comprising of 13 to 19 year olds elected by peers in schools and youth groups, continues to have a say and influence on policy makers. Some of the issues we care about:

  • Crime
  • Health
  • Education
  • Building a positive image of young people
  • What to do and where to go

How to get involved

To be part of BADYF you must live, work or be in education or training in Barking & Dagenham. Elections are held every January in Barking & Dagenham schools and Trinity School. Ask your teachers about the BADYF elections in your school.

Sally Allen-Clarke
The Vibe, 195-211 Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2UT
M: 07971 111 532

AB PHAB Youth Club

Inclusive youth club for disabled and non-disabled young people. We aim to provide a youth club that offers social/physical/educational opportunities that meets the needs of disabled young people aged 11-25 living in Barking and Dagenham including:

  • Trips
  • Projects
  • Youth sessions

Ab Phab Youth Club, C/O The Vibe Youth Centre, 195 - 211 Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2UT
T: 0208 227 2110/ 07476110731

Young Carers

Young Carers are young people aged 8-18 years who care for a relative. They may live in a family where someone is affected by a long term illness, disability, mental health issue, alcohol or substance misuse or HIV. The Young Carers Service supports Young Carers in Barking & Dagenham and Thurrock.

Young carers of Barking and Dagenham, 334 Heathway, Dagenham, RM10 8NJ
T: 020 8593 4422

Gascoigne Youth Centre
Club night: Friday 4-6pm

Gascoigne, Barking Youth and Community Centre, 120-124 St. Ann’s, Barking, IG11 7AD
M: 07870278387

Children centres

Beacontree CC

  • Speech and Language Advice Session
  • Weaning Group
  • Baby Weighing Clinic
  • Parenting Courses

Beacontree CC, Steven’s Road, Dagenham, RM8 2QR

The Heathway Centre
An inclusive resource centre for families with children and young people aged 0-17 years (up to 18th birthday) with additional needs or disabilities.

  • Income Raising Advice Clinic
  • Carers of Barking and Dagenham
  • P&C Group for families with deaf children
  • Parents' Forum
  • Parenting Courses

The Heathway Centre, 512a The Heathway, Dagenham, RM10 7SJ
M; 0208 227 5500

I have special needs

Provides support and information for parents with children who have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

59 Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX
Tel: 01708 454040
Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm (except Wednesday)

Find them on Facebook ‘Add+up’, Follow on twitter - @Addup4adhd

DABD Disablement of Barking and Dagenham:

At DABD, we want to make sure everyone has equal access to opportunities, be it work, benefits, training, transport or social activities to help them live an independent life. The services that we offer include everything from welfare benefits advice and support to find work through to personal care, independent living support and accessible transport.

DABD, Central Office, Pembroke Gardens, Dagenham, Essex, RM10 7YP
T: 020 8592 8603

Sycamore Trust
Offers information to parents whose child has a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum.  They provide newsletters, offer parent support groups, information days, and social and play activities for parents and their families. 

27-29 Woodward Road, Dagenham RM9 4SJ  
T: 020 8517 9317

Special Needs and Parents (SNAP)
A support group for parents and carers of children with a special need or disability. Their aims are to inform, encourage and support parents to allow them to grow in strength and knowledge so that they are better equipped to give the best possible help to their children.

SNAP Centre, Pastoral Way,Brentwood, CM14 5WF
T: 01277 211300

Bringing Us Together
Bringing Us Together is led by parents of children and young people with a variety of SEN and Disabilities (SEND). We offer an independent and proactive community where we bring families together so they can create a life worth living.


Sexual orientation and Gender identity

GID, Gender Identity Clinic
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Service for children and young people under the age of 17 with gender identity issues

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA

Lead Clinician: Dr Polly Carmichael

T: 020 8938 2030/1


Flipside is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, etc (LGBT+) young people aged from 11 to 25 years-old (allies are also welcome if accompanying a friend). Flipside is designed as a peer support and networking group. The members come along to meet up with old friends, making new ones, socialise and work on social action programmes of their choice. Flipside deliver LGBT+ specific sex and relationship education, and sessions on mental health and wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem, body image, gender, race and ethnicity, whatever the group are interested in discussing. We regularly host guest speakers who discuss their lives and careers as LGBT+ people and/or their work in LGBT+ awareness and support. Flipside organise trips, activities and attend events. Session run weekly at a secret location.


M: 07530 262 770

Support from faith groups

Faith Action

Faith Action is a network of Faith and Community based people serving their communities by delivering public services (such as childcare, health and social care, housing and welfare work).

25 Neville Road, Dagenham, Essex, RM8 3QS

T: 08450946350

Relationships, drugs, alcohol, eating healthy and much more

NHS Go is a confidential health advice and information service for young people. Available for free on iOS and Android, NHS Go provides you with:

  • Free, confidential advice.
  • Instant access to find local services.
  • Quizzes and guides around key health issues.
  • Notification on topics and events relevant to you.
  • Information about your rights under the NHS.

Visit to find out more

Need to see one of our CAMHS workers?

You can now self-refer by completing one of our referral forms here