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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

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Please note that the information on this page is currently being reviewed and updated.

What Does Our Service Do?

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) helps children and young people who have been referred by another healthcare professional.  Referrals are made if it’s thought the child or young person has emotional and/or behavioural difficulties at a level which requires specialist support.  We provide a range of services including initial assessments, therapy, group work, emergency assessments and in-patient care. 

How Does Our Service Work?

CAMHS sees young people from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The service also links with other children’s services to offer a multi-agency approach. The team is made up of doctors, nurses and therapists who specialise in child mental health. The support we provide varies according to need, from a one-off appointment to a programme of on-going care which lasts until the child or young person feels better and is felt to be safe. 

About our services

  • Most appointments are delivered in clinical bases.
  • Our CAMHS Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team provides rapid assessment and treatment at home for children and young people in mental health crisis and support for their families, providing no physical medical intervention is required. Once a referral is received, the team aims to make telephone contact with a family within two hours and to assess the child or young person within 24 hours. The service is operational from 8am until 10pm. Outside of these times, support is provided by the adult crisis team.
  • Our Primary Mental Health Team works between primary care - for example GPs and public health (school) nurses - and specialist CAMHS outpatient teams. The team treats young people having difficulties with their mental health or emotional wellbeing, and who may be at risk of developing a mental health disorder.
  • Our Young Peoples Team works particularly with vulnerable young people in care and those who are involved with the youth offending service. 
  • The CAMHS Learning Disability Team provide services for children with a moderate to profound learning disability as defined in ICD 10 presenting with mental health and or associated behavioural problems.
  • The CAMHS Eating Disorders Team, based at Mawson House in Leicester, offers specialist outpatient assessment and treatment to young people and their parents affected by eating disorders, and manages around 100 new referrals each year. Treatment usually lasts between 12 and 18 months, though early intervention is crucial to recovery. Read the latest newsletter here
  • The Paediatric Psychology Team, based at Artemis House, offers specialist psychological assessment and treatment to children, young people and their families who are psychologically affected by living with physical health conditions or disabilities. Referrals are from Consultant Paediatricians only.

How can you access our services?

To access our service you can:


  • Speak to your GP or Paediatrician
  • Speak to your Public Health (school) Nurse
  • Speak to a Social Worker - if you have one
  • Speak to your Educational Psychologist


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You can find information, advice and tips relating to emotional health and wellbeing on our Health for Teens website: Your public health (school) nurse is also a great starting point if you you are worried about yourself or a friend. 

You can also text a public health (school) nurse for confidential health advice and support using the numbers below:

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07520 615386 – Leicester City

07520 615387 – Leicestershire and Rutland

Contact Us

By telephone on:

CAMHS Telephone Advisory Service for Professionals (PAS line) 0116 2955048 8.30am to 3.00pm weekdays

Leicester City Team 0116 2952900

Leicestershire and Rutland Team 0116 2952992

By email:

Further Information 

Your first appointment - leaflet

How to get to Westcotes House

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You can give feedback about our service by emailing

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