What do families do at the Croft?

Parents usually hear about our service from their local child mental health worker. If they wish to consider having their child admitted to the Croft, we offer an initial appointment for the family to come to the unit, to meet the team and to discuss what an admission would entail. Our team and some parents who have used the service have put together an information pack with detailed information about what happens at the Croft - there is a link to this document at the bottom of this page.

If both the family and our team agree that an admission would be helpful we will arrange an admission date as soon as possible. Often a family will come back to the unit for one further visit before they start their admission to discuss practical arrangements and to meet with keyworkers.

Children are usually admitted to the Croft with a parent or carer and sometimes with other family members as well. This is obviously a huge undertaking for most families and something we would think about with you in your initial appointment with us. Children occasionally stay on the unit alone but this is usually after a period of being resident with a parent and is dependant on the clinical needs of the child and the age and maturity fo the child. The day patient service is available to children who live within easy travelling distance and who do not require 24-hour treatment or observation. Some families will have a combination of day and inpatient care. We encourage parents and other family members to participate in the unit programme as much as possible.

Unit programme

During term-time, the Croft's day is divided into two: the day programme and the residential programme. In school holidays we work slightly differently and this is known as the holiday programme. If you are considering an admission to the Croft we will think with you about whether it best suits your child's needs to be with us in term time, in holiday time or a mixture of both.

Residential programme

Outside the day programme the children are returned to the care and supervision of their parents. Parents work closely with nursing staff during these periods to think about and work on difficulties the family has beeen struggling with at home. Parents are encouraged to set goals with the nursing staff about changes they want to make and transfer to the home situation. Typical examples are: managing aggressive behaviour, improving meal times and tackling eating problems, addressing bedtime and sleeping problems, making family relationships more enjoyable.  

Related pages

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What do we do?
The Croft has a multidisciplinary team made up of doctors, nurses, health care assistants, psychologists, a family therapist, music therapists, teaching staff and a social worker. We also have two adminstrators a housekeeper and a domestic.

Assessments and therapies
The Croft uses a range of therapies and assessment strategies in supporting children and helping their development, including the following:

Associated documents

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The page was last updated on 12 February 2019 by andrea.bateman.


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Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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