The Children's Division provides a wide range of services for children, young people and their families: universal child health services, pathways for children and young people with mild - moderate - severe mental health problems and care and treatment for children and young people with developmental problems, physical and learning disabilities.

Across all CPFT children's services we aim to provide high quality care for all children, young people and their families referred to our teams, including

  • collaborative working with children, young people and their families
  • comprehensive assessment (including assessment of risk where required)
  • emergency assessment and crisis intervention when needed
  • close working relationships with other professionals and agencies
  • good quality information and advice for children, young people, families, professionals and agencies
  • evidence-based interventions
  • monitoring outcomes and experience of our services

Our services are provided, with our partners, in line with the tiered model of care, ensuring that children and young people receive care from the most appropriate professional or agency to address their needs and they are able to move into and out of appropriate services as their needs change.

  • Level 1: Emerging need. Needs usually met within universal services. Including GPs, schools, universal health services, early years
  • Level 2: Targeted provision. More specialist services for when there are more significant concerns. Including GPs, community paediatric services, children's centres, education, voluntary and community groups and support
  • Level 3: Complex needs. Including primary care CAMHS, social care services, learning disability services, children in need
  • Level 4: Complex and enduring needs. Including specialist health services

For a full list of services provided by CPFT for children and young people see our service directory pages, which also includes details of who can refer, how to refer, the criteria for referral and what each service provides.

Our children's services are provided in three teams which are currently undergoing transformation.  These pages will be updated as each tansformation goes live.  If you want to know more about our current and proposed pathways please contact the service leads below.

Peterborough Integrated Children's Health Services

We provide support, advice and health care for children, young people, carers and families.  Our services include:

  • Health visiting
  • School nursing
  • Community child and adolescent mental health services
  • Children's community nursing
  • Community paediatrics
  • Child Development Centre
  • Paediatric speech and language therapy
  • Paediatric occupational therapy
  • Paediatric physiotherapy
  • Paediatric psychology
  • Children in care
  • The Family Nurse Partnership

For more information please contact Dr Venkat Reddy, Clinical Director, Peterborough Children's Health Services, tel: 01733 777937

Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Our pathways are aligned to the CAMH tiered model of service. 

Initially, children, young people and their families may be referred from a variety of agencies for assessment, advice and support.

The main treatment pathway for children and young people entering secondary care includes a comprehensive and  holistic assessment and a wide range of therapeutic approaches to address identified needs including:

  • family therapy
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • group therapy
  • psychotherapy
  • psychoeducation

The Cambridgeshire Community CAMH Service incorporates the principles of Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT).

We provide a wide range of community paediatric learning disability services supporting children, young people and their families, and the professionals and organisations working with them. 

We also provide consultation, training and advice for professionals on signs and symptoms of mental health disorders in children and adolescents.

For more information please contact Dr Naomi Elton, Clinical Director or Rachel Gomm, Interim General Manager, tel: 01223 746072

Specialist and in patient CAMH services

We provide a number of specialist and in patient services for children and young people with severe and enduring mental health problems who have a need for particular interventions, focused work and in patient treatment:

The Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation provides assessment, care and treatment for children with acquired brain injury.



The page was last updated on 12 June 2014 by andrea.bateman.

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Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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