Telephone: Single Point of Contact: 0300 304 0048
The service currently operates Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm.
Tina Irani - Consultant Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Rebecca Fisher - Principal Psychologist – Clinical
Karla Goodman - Mental Health Practitioner – Forensic Psychologist
The Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS) is a specialist referral service which is accessible to all services and organisations that work with children and young people who are high risk with complex needs in the South East of England. The service is run collaboratively between three mental health trusts - Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust and North East London NHS Foundation Trust.
We operate a ‘consultation and liaison’ approach to work collaboratively with the referrer and all other relevant agencies, such as schools, Social Services, CAMHS, Police and Youth Offending Services, to provide a local, timely and coordinated assessment and care plan, which gives an appropriate level of treatment that is balanced with the needs of the individual.
- Epsom and Ewell
- Mole Valley
- Reigate and Banstead
- Surrey Heath
Single point of contact
Tel: 0300 304 0048
Any professional working with a young person under the age of 18 can refer to the service if they feel concerned and worried that they might pose a risk to others. The support given will vary depending on the need of the individual. For example, in some cases the referrer might need a question answered, or to be signposted to an appropriate service. In other cases it might be necessary for a formal consultation process to take place, which will include more in-depth discussions with possible subsequent risk assessments and treatment planning.
Referral criteria are deliberately broad to cover all children and young people under 18 years old about whom there are questions regarding mental health and/or neurodevelopmental difficulties, including learning disability and autism, who:
- Present high risk of harm towards others and about whom there is major family or professional concern
- In contact with the youth justice system or at risk of involvement
- Advice about the suitability of an appropriate secure setting is being sought because of complexity of presentation and severe, recurrent self-harm and or challenging behaviour which cannot be managed elsewhere; in such cases, where non-secure in-patient services or locality CAMHS teams are usually extensively involved, the input from the secure outreach service is likely to be advisory or consultative rather than requiring direct clinical involvement.
- High risk young people who are out of area, who are either in secure accommodation (health/justice/welfare)
- Have high risk behaviours and highly complex mental health needs and where placements may be at risk