Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Lewisham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers therapeutic interventions to children and young people up to the age of 18 who experience mild to serious/complex mental health concerns that impact on daily living.
The service is made up of professionals from different backgrounds working together to provide multi-disciplinary care. This may include:
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
- Clinical Psychologists
- Family Therapists
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapists
- Mental Health Nurses
- Occupational Therapists
- Therapeutic Social Workers
- Child Wellbeing Practitioners
- Educational Well Being Practitioners
Lewisham CAMHS Services Summary and Contact Information
Services are provided at three key community sites within Lewisham Borough:
32 Rushey Green, London, SE6 4JF
Tel: 020 7138 1250 or 020 7138 1251
78 Lewisham Park, London, SE13 6QJ
Tel: 020 3228 1000
9 Holbeach, London, SE6 4TW
Tel: 020 8314 9742
If you have any urgent concerns about a child or young person’s mental health or a referral query please contact the team at Kaleidoscope and ask to speak to a staff member on duty.
Tel: 020 7138 1250
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays)
Emergencies out of hours: Please advise the parent, or carer to contact the child, or young person’s GP. In an emergency, if it is felt that the child or young person is not able to be kept safe, send them to their local A&E.
Crisis Support Line: South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust operate a telephone support line that is available 24 hours a day if urgent help or advice is needed.
Tel: 0800 731 2864
Services at Kaleidoscope
Lewisham Generic Team (Horizon)
The Kaleidoscope Generic Team (Horizon) offers assessment, treatment and care for children and young people, up to the age of 18, who have significant emotional or mental health difficulties.
The Child and Adolescent Crisis Service works with children and young people, up to the age of 18, who present at Lewisham University Hospital in crisis. The service also offers follow-up appointments in the community after discharge from hospital.
The Crisis Service also manages duty calls for urgent referrals, and in some cases can offer an appointment on the same day so that the child or young person does not need to attend A&E.
Child and Adolescent ADHD Team (Lewisham)
The Child and Adolescent ADHD Team provides treatment and care for children and young people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), up to the age of 18.
The team also provide guidance and consultation to professionals to discuss potential referrals and consultation to professionals who work with the young people in other settings such as schools.
Neuro-Developmental Team (NDT)
The Neuro-Developmental Team (NDT) offers assessment, treatment and care co-ordination for children and young people, up to the age of 18, with a significant learning disability and/or complex neurodevelopmental disorders.
The Lewisham CAMHS NDT supports children, young people, and their families, who may be experiencing anxieties around their health. The service is for children and young people who have had severe and complex problems for some time.
Child and Adolescent Paediatric Liaison Service
The Paediatric Hospital Liaison Service provides mental health input for children and young people children with acute illnesses, and those with chronic and life-limiting conditions.
The service co-ordinates psychological assessments for children and young people being cared for at University Hospital Lewisham. They can help manage the emotional impact of physical illness on children, young people and families, and improve their ability to manage the illness and its effects.
Child and Adolescent Schools Service (Lewisham)
The Child and Adolescent Schools Service (Lewisham) provides low-intensity, tier 2 assessment, treatment and care for children and young people, from 5 to 18 years old, who have mental health problems.
The service works mainly in Lewisham schools alongside education professionals; however, if necessary, they can offer home visits. Referrals are accepted from the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) panel, New Woodlands School, the Outreach and Inclusion Service, and a small number of targeted schools.
Services at Lewisham Park
SYMBOL Team (Looked After Children)
The Symbol Therapy Team helps young people in local authority care in Lewisham who are struggling with mental health difficulties. The team also provide care for adopted young people living in Lewisham.
Symbol offer assessment, therapeutic intervention and care for young people, up to the age of 18, with moderate to severe emotional, behavioural and mental health problems. The team also offer a low-intensity service for young people leaving the care system, who are moving into adulthood.
The Lewisham Young People’s Service (LYPS)
The Lewisham Young People’s Service (LYPS) provide assessment and treatment for children and young people, up to the age of 18, who have ongoing severe and complex problems for some time that significantly affect their daily life.
LYPS also offers an early intervention service to young people who are experiencing psychosis.
Child and Adolescent Wellbeing Programme (Lewisham)
The Lewisham Children and Young People Wellbeing Practitioners (CWP) Team is a low-intensity, tier 2 service for children and young people who may not meet the threshold for mainstream CAMHS teams.
The CWP team provide short-term, low intensity, evidence-based, guided self-help interventions for children, young people and their parents. Treatment is available for mild to moderate anxiety, low mood, or mild behavioural difficulties.
Services at Holbeach
Adolescent Resource and Therapy Service (ARTS)
The Adolescent Resources and Therapy Service (ARTS) provide assessment, treatment and care for young people, up to the age of 18, who are known to a Youth Offending Service (YOS).
The ARTS team provide one to one and group treatment and care, and work with the police, the public protection unit, social services and our local Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) team to support people in the community. The team also work with children and young people who exhibit sexually inappropriate behaviour.
Please consult the CAMHS Referral Criteria for full information on services and referrals.
When making a referral to Lewisham CAMHS please use our CAMHS Referral Form.
Non urgent referrals for CAMHS teams based at Kaleidoscope can be emailed to: LewishamCAMHSAdmin@slam.nhs.uk
Lewisham CAMHS Safeguarding Children Infrastructure and Contact Information:
Telephone: 020 7138 1293
Lead Safeguarding Doctor
Rani Samuels - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 020 3228 1000
Lewisham CAMHS Service Manager
Claude Jousselin - Claude.Jousselin@slam.nhs.uk
Telephone: 020 7138 1250
Young Minds - children’s mental health charity, which offers a host of advice and resources
Kooth - free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people
Samaritans - Charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress
MindEd - free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for adults
Royal College of Psychiatrists - Professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists