East of England Community Forensic CAMHS: Information for children and young people
Who we are and what we do
We are an NHS service that aims to help young people who are displaying concerning behaviours that may be putting others at risk. Our team is made up of different professionals, including doctors and psychologists.
Why am I seeing your team?
You might have been referred to us if you have been seen by the police or if you are in contact with the Youth Justice System. Not everyone we see has been seen by the police. It might be that a professional who knows you is worried about you and concerned about your risk to others.
What is going to happen?
A professional working with you has come to us for advice on the best way to support you. You may be asked to come and meet with someone from our team. If this is the case, we will arrange to meet with you in a place that suits you and where you feel safe. We will talk with you about the reasons why you have been referred to our team, and think about how we, or other people, can help you. This is called an assessment. We may need to speak with you about some of your previous or current life experiences. We will do this in a sensitive way. It may be that you meet with us alongside someone you already know well, such as a professional involved in your care or a family member.
What if I don’t want to attend?
We hope that you will agree to attend the appointment with us. We can discuss any worries or concerns you might have. If you really don’t want to attend, please speak to one of the professionals who works with you.
What happens after I see your team?
Sometimes, our team will see you just once, but we may need to see you more than once until we have enough information to complete our assessment. When we have finished our assessment, we will share this with you and we will also send a copy to your GP. We may ask you for permission to share some information with other people involved in your care. We will discuss different approaches available to meet your needs, and we will take your wishes into account.
Is my information shared with anyone else?
The information you provide will be shared only with the relevant health staff - this is very important to us. This will be explained to you in more detail at your appointment. Sometimes, we may have to share information about you without your consent. This would happen only if we had concerns about the health and/or safety of you and/or someone else.
How to contact us
FCAMHS is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
T 0300 300 9300
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