​Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing.  Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives. Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing. Parents, carers and young people can receive direct support through CAMHS.

CAMHS in Croydon can be access through the Single Point of Access (SPA).  The SPA brings together all the local services offering emotional support, counselling, mental health assessment and parenting support.  Representatives all meet within the SPA to ensure referrals for children, young people and their families are offered the most appropriate specialist help based on their presenting concerns, needs and referral information.

The following services sit within the Single Point of Access.

Offers self referral?
Croydon Drop-In offers advocacy, advice and counselling service to children and young people from 10-18 years presenting with mild to moderate difficulties. The service accepts self-referrals and young people can attend a drop-in session in addition to being referred through the CAMHS SPA.


Off the Record offers face to face and online counselling service and workshops to young people from 14-25 years presenting with mild to moderate difficulties. The service accepts self-referrals and assessment drop-in sessions are available in addition to referral through the Single Point of Access. Off the Record also provide the Young Carers Project supporting children and young people from 7-21 years who offer a caring role within their family and Compass a specialist counselling service for unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers from 11-25 years.


Early Help provides a pathway to access advice and support for families having difficulty with a range of issues including parenting, employment, anti-social behaviour and emotional wellbeing. The team will identify a lead professional to help coordinate support and offer the most appropriate support from different services that sit within early help. 


South London & Maudsley NHS Trust Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services offers specialist CAMHS assessment and intervention for emotional, behavioural and mental health concerns that are moderate to severe in children and young people up to the age of 18 years. The service offers assessment, and a wide range of treatment interventions. Crisis and urgent referrals should be discussed directly with the team duty clinician as soon as possible, followed up with the referral information. Referrals are then screened and allocated to the appropriate mental health team for assessment: Crisis Team, Generic mental health, Neuro-developmental team, Looked After Children Team, Youth Offending Team, SEaDs (Support, Engagement and Delivery in schools).



In coming together these services offer a front door into emotional well-being and mental health services and ensure that there is a joint decision making process to ensure the most appropriate help being offered for the child and family or young person being referred.