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Specialist children's services

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) normally see children who have a mental health problem. There are CAMHS teams throughout the country.


For deaf children there is one dedicated Child & Family Service in Tooting, South West London. There are also two pilot projects based in York and Dudley.


The Child & Family team works with young deaf people (under 18) who have any kind of emotional, behavioural or mental health problem. The team can see the young person at home, in school or at the clinic (Springfield Hospital). After an assessment, the team may then work with the child and family. A wide range of interventions are possible, including counselling, psychotherapy and medical treatment.


If the problem is severe, then the child could be admitted to the in-patient unit. This allows staff to make a thorough assessment and offer intensive treatment.


The Child & Family Service also support local CAMH Services or schools, if they are working with a deaf person. The team can offer advice and support to the professionals involved. Referrals to the Child & Family Service must come from a professional, e.g. child's social worker, doctor, teacher.



Contact the Service

Dr Ross Campion
Deaf Child and Family Service
National Deaf Services
South West London and St George's
Mental Health Services NHS Trust
Springfield University Hospital
61 Glenburnie Road
SW17 7DJ 

Tel: 020 8682 6925
Minicom: 020 8682 6950
Fax: 020 8682 6461




Dudley and York Services


Before 2004 there was only the London service for deaf children. Two specialist CAMHS teams were then established in Dudley and York. These were funded by the National Specialised Commission Advisory Group (NSCAG) as pilot projects. Both teams make use of 'telemedicine' or videophones.


The specialist CAMHS teams have strong links to the London service. The videophones allow staff from London to offer support and advice to their colleagues in Dudley and York.


The videophones are also used to work with deaf schools in the team's catchment areas. Ongoing support can then be offered to children and staff without the disruption caused by travelling.


The Dudley and York CAMHS teams are multidisciplinary - employing psychaitrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses. They offer similar interventions to their mainstream equivalents. However, the teams have the background knowledge and skills to be able to work with deaf children and their families. This would be difficult for many normal CAMHS teams who might struggle to form a therapeutic relationship because of the communication difficulties.