East of England Community Forensic CAMHS Information for professionals

Who we are and what we do

We are a multidisciplinary forensic child and adolescent mental health team, based in Cambridgeshire. Our service is available to young people, under the age of 18 years, whereby:

  • There is a concern about their mental health (this may include neurodevelopmental disorder and/or learning disability)
  • They present with high risk of harm towards others and about whom there is major family or professional concern
  • They may be in contact with the criminal justice system or are likely to enter secure care

We provide a service in the following areas:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Bedfordshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • Essex

Examples of high risk presentations which may prompt referral:

  • Violence
  • Fire-setting
  • Harmful sexual behavior
  • Stalking
  • Internet offending
  • Animal cruelty
  • Damage to property
  • Terrorism/concerns about radicalisation

What to expect from Forensic CAMHS

Step 1
Complete and send FCAMHS referral securely to: cpm-tr.FCAMHS@nhs.net (referral form available at Referral information | CPFT NHS Trust. If you are unsure whether a referral is appropriate and/or just want advice from FCAMHS, you can call us on 0300 300 9300.

Step 2
You should receive a call back from us within five working days. The FCAMHS clinician will explore your concerns and your reason for referral. It may be that the FCAMHS clinician can give you advice/recommendations at this point.

Step 3
This might be followed by a formal consultation. Sometimes, the initial phone call back from FCAMHS will act as a formal consultation. If not, and one is indicated, the FCAMHS clinician will arrange a time and date to complete one with you.Consultations can take place via phone, skype or face to face.

Step 4
We’ll support you to find the right agencies to help. If there are a number of agencies working with a young person, it may be appropriate to arrange a multi-agency consultation. You will receive a written summary of the consultation and recommendations. A copy of this will be sent to the child’s GP.

Step 5
In some cases, FCAMHS will become directly involved with the young person. In some cases, it may be appropriate for us to become directly involved with a young person. This usually means undertaking a specialist assessment and/or agreeing an approach to intervention. This will be determined by the consultation process.

How to contact us

FCAMHS is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
T 0300 3009300
E cpm-tr.FCAMHS@nhs.net

How to make a referral

Our referral form is available on our webpage here: Referral information | CPFT NHS Trust. Alternatively, if you contact us, we can arrange for a referral form to be sent to you.

As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust