In An Emergency
In an emergency
If you have any immediate physical or medical concerns about your child, you should take them to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department or call 999 for an ambulance. If the hospital feels that their injuries or medical concerns are a result of serious mental health or emotional difficulties, the staff will make an urgent referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
When the child/young person is medically fit, the Urgent Response clinician will arrange for you and any other relevant agencies to join them in an assessment at the hospital. The clinician will particularly focus on the child/young person’s current mental state and any risk to self or others.
If you have increasing concerns about your child’s mental or emotional wellbeing, but there appear to be no immediate risks, you can contact their GP for an emergency appointment for further advice. If necessary, the GP will immediately refer your child to CAMHS services for an urgent assessment.
If you or anyone working with your child has immediate concerns regarding their emotional or mental health, please telephone the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) team for further advice.