How To Refer

Referrals can be made to YOUnited by any professional working with children or young people.

Referrals are triaged by specialist staff to identify the best support service for the child or young person’s needs. Once accepted, a child or young person will be offered an initial contact by one of the YOUnited partners.

Please note that YOUnited is not a crisis service. We are experiencing unprecedented levels of referrals currently so it may be 5 or 6 working days before your referral is triaged. We always screen for risk and prioritise these referrals as appropriate. If a young person is at imminent risk however, then other services should be considered such as First Response 111 or a local Emergency Department. In addition, we would expect a professional supporting a referred young person to ensure safety planning is in place.

YOUnited Referrals 5 - 17 Years

The YOUnited referral hub accepts referrals from all professionals working with children and young people aged 5 - 17 with emotional wellbeing and mental health needs (please note CAMHS accept referrals up to the young person's 17th birthday).

YOUnited will also accept referrals for children and young people up to the age of 18 with a suspected eating disorder via the forms below.

  • It is recommended that GPs use the CCG e-referral system to make a referral. 

  • For SystmOne practices - use the GP portal on SystmOne to make a  referral.

  • For EMIS practices, and for all other professionals, to make a referral  CLICK HERE

 

Mental Health Referrals 

To aid conversations around mental health, please include information on the following:

  • Consent

  • Trigger

  • Sleeping

  • Appetite

  • Behaviour

  • Frequency and duration

  • Previous / current intervention or support

  • History

  • Impact on functioning

  • Family context

  • Risk

Please consider any services the young person is already engaged with before referring to YOUnited

  • Is the support the young person is currently receiving not meeting their needs and why?

 

Eating Disorder Referrals

If the young person requires support for disordered eating, specific information must be provided on the referral form. This includes:

  • Current weight and height (This is VITAL)

  • Weight loss/ history

  • Eating and drinking patterns

  • Purging behaviours

  • Cognitions and self awareness.

  • Impact on psychological functioning.

  • Impact on physical health

  • Does the young person exercise? If so, how often?

If the young person is significantly Underweight or vomiting please include:

  • ECG

  • Blood

  • Tests (FBC, Us and E, LFTs, TFTs, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, bicarbonate, random glucose and lipid profile)

YOUnited Referrals for Neurodevelopmental Assessment

Please note this information relates to those children and young people for whom there are neurodiversity queries and an assessment is being requested. 

 

Peterborough
YOUnited accepts referrals for assessment for primary school age up to 18 years.

Details of Peterborough Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Peterborough Neurodevelopmental Referral Form

Developmental History Form for Families

 

Essential Supporting Documentation

 - Early Help Assessment (EHA) and/or Team Around the Family (TAF) minutes (within last six months).

 - Evidence of school's Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR).

 - Parents/Carers to return Developmental History Form that can be downloaded Here.

 

Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and Fenland
YOUnited accepts referrals for young people of secondary school age up to 18 years.

Details of Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and Fenland Neurodevelopmental Pathway 

Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and Fenland Referral Form

Developmental History Form for Families

 

Essential Supporting Documentation

 - Early Help Assessment (EHA) and/or Team Around the Family (TAF) minutes (within last six months).

 - Evidence of school's Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR).

 - For ADHD referrals only - proof that parents/carers have engaged with an evidence-based parenting course e.g. Incredible Years or Triple P (within the last three years).

 - Parents/Carers to return Developmental History Form that can be downloaded Here.

 

Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and Fenland
Please note, referrals for primary age children should be made to Cambridgeshire Community Service's community paediatricians

 

For more information please visit: Service detail | CPFT NHS Trust

Supporting Young People in Crisis

If a young person is in mental health crisis, contact CPFT’s First Response Service by calling NHS 111 (mental health option).

For more details about what to do in a crisis please click here.

Supporting Young People 17 - 25 Years

Young people aged 17 to 25 can self-refer to Centre 33 or CPFT Talking Therapies.
GPs can make referrals for mental health assessments to CPFT's Primary Care Mental Health Service

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioners 

If you are a professional with concerns about a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing and would like advice prior to, or instead of, making a referral you can contact the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioners at ccs.ehw@nhs.net 
You will be offered a 30-minute appointment to discuss your concerns and signpost/advise about resources available or next steps to support the child or young person. 
Please note: for professionals only. The EHWP Team does not offer this service to parents.

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