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Waltham Forest: Age 0-5

The Waltham Forest CAMHS service is co-located with integrated childrens' service in Waltham Forest. The integrated service offers support to children and young people from birth up to the age of 18 who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. We work alongside our colleagues to offer support and interventions when needed.


The Community paediatric Team in Waltham Forest are specialist paediatricians who provide out of hospital care for children and young people. They also carry out a range of statutory duties in relation to child protection, medical advice for special educational needs, and health assessments of children in care. Community paediatricians work within the community health network of therapists and nurses and also with local authority (CYPS) and the voluntary sector. The role of the paediatrician involves prevention, identification, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support. We work in an integrated way to an Early Support Model.

Community paediatricians are closely networked with acute general paediatricians and audiology department and CAMHS Consultants. 

The Waltham Forest Community paediatric service provides:

  • Neuro-disability multidisciplinary clinics:
  • Social and Communication assessment Clinic for assessment of autism spectrum disorders. (SACC)
  • Assessment and management of children with complex physical and learning needs including visual and hearing impairment, movement disorders, such as, cerebral palsy, and other neuro-disabilities, 
  • Visual Impairment multi-disciplinary service 
  • Multi-disciplinary assessment of motor and movement disorders
  • Assessment and follow up of children with genetic conditions such as Down's syndrome.

Problems at home/ Being abused

  • medical assessment of  children who may have been subject to physical , emotional abuse or neglect or sexual abuse
  • health assessments of children taken into the care of the local authority
  • advice on health concerns related to safeguarding, adoption and fostering
  • Contribute to multi-agency and strategic safeguarding / LAC networks
  • Paediatric Assessment
  • Neurodevelopmental assessment of preterm babies
  • Special immunisation advisory clinic
  • Epilepsy Clinic 
  • Follow up clinics for school aged children with medical needs in context of learning disability/ physical disability
  • Contribute to the assessment of children with special educational needs and provide advice to the Education department on health issues. 

For more information please visit - https://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-waltham-forest-community-medical-paediatrics

Problems with eating and talking

The speech and language therapy service provides specialist assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of communications and/or feeding and swallowing difficulties for people up to the age of 19. The team works with parents, carers, early years practitioners, schools and other healthcare professionals to create a supportive environment for the development of communication skills.

The service supports children and young people who are displaying:

  • voice disorders
  • language difficulties
  • speech and sound difficulties
  • eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties
  • delayed language and communication

For more information please visit - https://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-waltham-forest-salt

Problems with walking and moving around

The children’s occupational therapy service helps children with disabilities participate as fully as possible in their everyday activities. Occupational therapists focus on the abilities needed for school, play and self care skills such as; holding pencils, feeding themselves or using a scooter. The occupational therapy service provides assessment, advice and therapy to develop a child’s daily life skills. The team support children with a range of conditions through assessment advice and therapy. They see children at school, home and in community settings. The service also provides a monthly hand splinting clinic for those aged 0-19 years.

For more information please visit - https://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-waltham-forest-childrens-occupational-therapy

Sex, 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 https://nhsgo.uk/ 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