Who can refer and why refer 

The Croft accepts referrals from:

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) teams (referrals need to have been discussed with and agreed with the team consultant CAMH psychiatrist)

  • Other specialist health paediatric teams as long as the referral has been discussed with, and is supported by the local community CAMH service and there is an allocated CAMH care coordinator who can attend regular care planning meetings during the admission and who will coordinate post admission contact with the community CAMH team if needed.

Reasons for referral

  • Assessment of children with complex presentations - eg, co-morbid physical disorders, complex psychosocial situations, etc - where outpatient assessment has proved inconclusive or additional information is required.

  • Children requiring specialised treatments under close observation - eg, medication or behavioural modification.

  • Children requiring assessment or treatment away from the home environment - eg, psychosomatic disorders.

  • Children with severe mental health problems associated with significant risk or where their illness is signficantly affecting their development - eg, children with eating disorders who are physically compromised, or children with depression leading to social withdrawal and lack of access to education.

  • Children who need intensive mental health support for rehabilitation

  • Assessment of parenting capacity for parents with mental illness. 

In addition we have developed special expertise in the assessment of pervasive developmental disorders (Autism and Asperger Syndrome) and we receive referrals from around the eastern region for assessment of children where this is a possible diagnosis.

We are always happy to discuss potential referrals on a case by case basis. 

From their initial assessment the waiting time before a child is admitted to the Croft will normally be up to 18 weeks. 

Service evaluation

As well our own internal service evaluations, we are annually reviewed by the Quality Network for In-patient CAMHS (QNIC) and monitored by OFSTED.

Further information


The page was last updated on 02 June 2020 by bdale.

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