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Waltham Forest CAMHS

The Child and Family Consultation Service (CFCS) are Waltham Forest's area based specialist mental health team providing support to children, young people and their families. Our service is available to families with children & young people from birth to their 18th birthday. Our service offers help to children and young people who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. The types of difficulties we see can include:

Depression, Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (psychological problems following trauma), Severe attachment, emotional and behavioural disorders, Eating disorders, Self-Harm, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We offer specialist assessments for young people experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as various specialist assessments in parent & child mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism.

Support is offered in a variety of settings such as specialist community clinics, home visits, school visits and support to hospital Childrens wards and A&E departments. This is offered in a variety of ways, in the main this takes the form of face to face talking therapies with CAMHS professionals. Group work is also offered. We work in partnership and consultation with other agencies such as education, social services and primary care (GP’s etc.)

During a child or young person’s development, there may be periods when they or their family’s ability to cope with difficult emotions or behavior can put extreme pressures on relationships. We want to work with children and young people as early on as possible during these difficulties in order to turn the situation around.

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Improving Children’s Mental Health and Well Being in Waltham Forest

Transformation Plan Overview February 2020

Partner agencies in Waltham Forest have been working together to identify ways of improving services for children and young people (CYP) experiencing mental distress and to find ways to support children, young people and their families to have good mental health.

Our vision is to be able to reach children who need help earlier and to be able to provide the most effective and efficient evidenced based intervention available.

New developments in our plan include setting up a new, more accessible mental health service for children and young people (CYP) in schools and other community settings. The service will provide individual and group support, guidance and talking therapy to help deal with issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Managing feelings and emotions
  • Neuro diversity (incl. Autism Conditions, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s)
  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Trauma

 

The service will work jointly with school staff to support implementation of the Mental Health Charter and the PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education) programme to promote exercise and good nutrition.

 

The service will also be able to ensure that children and young people (CYP) with complex mental health needs that require interventions from a range of different clinicians, specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), can easily be directed there.

The resource is limited and we are looking to launch the service over several phases, with learning applied in each successive phase. Phase 1 has been launched as planned and initial feedback from the schools involved has been very positive. These phases are shown in the table below:

 

Phase

Scope

Timescale

Phase 1

Schools Pilot -up to  4 schools

End November 2019

Phase 2

Schools Pilot -up to a further 4 schools

 

January              2020

Phase 3

Schools Pilot -up to a further 4 schools

February            2020

Phase 4

Further  roll out including  other community settings

From March      2020

Review

 

 

12 months/end of school year

 

Alongside this new service development there has also been significant investment into specialist CAMHS.  The partners have recognised that for too long there has been insufficient resources in CAMHS which meant that waiting times have been very long.  The aim is to reduce waiting times to a few days in an emergency to a maximum of 18 weeks for routine referrals by increasing the capacity of the specialist service and by ensuring only those that need it are referred through the creation of the new school and community based service.

Alongside increasing the capacity of community and specialist CAMH services in Waltham Forest the partnership is also doing many things to improve the experience and effectiveness of the services we provide. This includes:

  • Talking to CYP and their families about how services can be improved
  • Providing clearer information and communication about CAMH services co produced with CYP and their families
  • Clear clinical pathways are being developed which will help make access easier and what support is available clearer.
  • Using technology to provide support and interventions such as , KOOTH, an on line tool providing online counselling and help with managing feelings and emotions
  • Providing help and support from more venues to reduce stigma and promote access
  • Creating  drop in services to improve accessibility

 

Other local developments include:

Mental Health First Aid training (MHFA) and Prevention and Early Intervention Training which has been successfully delivered to a large number of local professionals to improve their skills, knowledge and confidence to support children and young people .

Place2Be: is a national children’s mental health charity who deliver services in schools; which includes drop in sessions for pupils and parents and play based therapy which provides help with managing feelings and emotions

 

Early Help: This is a service which works closely with partners from Health, Social Care and Police to support families; for example with Health visitors in child health clinics.

 

Participation and Engagement

 

Co-production and engagement are essential elements of the CAMHS improvement plan to ensure that services meet the needs of local children, young people and their families.

In order to develop the model for CAMHS in Waltham Forest collaboratively the following engagement activities have taken place or are planned:

  • Stakeholder Workshop Event in August
  • YMHA event  17th October
  • Meeting  with the Waltham Forest Parents Forum 30th October
  • Follow up  task group meeting -Hard to reach groups
  • Engagement with the  Violence Reduction  Partnership 
  • The inclusion of peer support workers in the system model

     

We will continue to actively talk to a range of partners to progress this work.