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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are delivered across the whole of Hertfordshire.

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The service treats emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents.  Emotional problems include depression, anxiety and phobias. Behavioural problems include extreme aggression at home and school, delinquency and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). 

Other serious issues can be anorexia, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder.

About 10% of all children at one time have a serious problem that is affecting their school, family or social life. There are about 250,000 children and adolescents (under 18s) in Hertfordshire. 

We offer Child and Adolescent services throughout the county, through our community-based Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team and the Primary Care Liaison Service. We also offer consultations, assessments and interventions to looked after children and their care networks.

The other specialist services offered are: 

  • Forest House (our adolescent inpatient and day patient unit)
  • A-DASH (Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Service)
  • Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (C-CATT)
  • Community Eating Disorders (CED)
  • Targeted Team
  • Forensic Adolescent Services

The professionals that are employed in CAMHS include child psychiatrists, clinical and counselling psychologists, specialised social workers, psychotherapists, family therapists and specialist nurses.


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