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Psychology Children's Service (Peterborough)

The children's Psychology service in Peterborough is a community-based service within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). We work as part of a multi-professional team which assesses a child's abilities (up to the age of 5) across a range of areas to determine how best their additional needs can be described and supported. 

How this service can help you

The Children's Psychology Service works closely with the specialist speech and language therapist because both professions are interested in how a child communicates, interacts and plays. The psychologist may look at a child's cognitive (thinking) skills and their ability to adapt to social situations and also talk to parents/carers about how the child reacts at home and in other settings.

After a multi-professional assessment, the psychologist and the Specialist Practitioner may be involved in supporting the child's communication, behaviour and learning in conjunction with other professionals.

Psychology is the study of people: how they think and act, and how they react and interact with other people. A child psychologist is particularly interested in applying psychology to help children and young people.

Who is this service for?

The Children's Psychology Service at the Child Development Centre in Peterborough is for children (aged 0-5 years), registered with a GP in Peterborough, who have difficulties in more than one developmental area including learning, social interaction and behaviour. We offer early intervention in conjunction with other professionals to ensure the best possible outcome.

How do I access this service?

Referrals to the children's Psychology Service are via the Early Help Team and Child Development Centre, Community Paediatrician's. We do not accept GP or other professional referrals to this service. 

What do we offer?

The children's Psychology Team usually carries out assessments at the Child Development Centre, City Care Centre where children can be observed playing with a variety of toys. 

Further intervention maybe offered in clinics and sometimes in families’ own homes.

The City Care Centre has a large car park. (Pay machine in reception.)

We can refund transport costs for families who receive Family Income Support or Working Families Tax Credit. Interpreters are available if needed.

Interpreters are available if needed

Who provides this service?

The service is provided by the Children's Psychologists of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Children’s Business Unit.

The team consists of Clinical Psychologists, an Assistant Psychologist and Specialist Practitioners, of whom work solely with pre-school children.

Information for carers

A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.

At Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, we value the often life-long support carers provide and recognise them as equal care partners. We want to offer as much guidance and reassurance as possible, to help you in your caring role. You can find general information and support for adult carers, young carers and parent carers by following this link

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