In Wiltshire, parent carers and young people can now ‘self-refer’ to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service using an online referrals form.
The new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) service starts on 1st April 2018 and will be delivered by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The service will be providing targeted and specialist mental health and wellbeing support to children and young people aged 0-18 years, which includes having timely access to an integrated system of co-ordinated and effective promotion, prevention, early intervention and community support and treatment.
The service will look at the referral and identify the help needed. It may also work with other organisations to get a child/ young person the help and support they require.
For the referral to be considered, the following information will be requested:
description of the mental health difficulty
how long it has been affecting the child/young person and family
impact on the child/young person/family e.g. schooling, home, friendships
significant family history/events/illness
what the child/young person would like to happen as a result of the referral
who else is involved with the child and what have they done, how well has this worked
confirmation that the referral to CAMHS has been discusses with the family/carer/child/young person to obtain consent
For emergency referrals (where a child poses an immediate danger to themselves or others) please call CAMHS directly:
Short breaks are a vital resource for so many families, providing crucial respite whilst enabling children with a disability to do an activity they enjoy. They can prevent families from reaching crisis point.
Read the Disabled Children’s Partnership latest press release about the High Court victory for Nascot Lawn respite care families here
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The following online guides and information may be helpful:-
The Department of Health and the Department for Education are running a consultation on its green paper on Transforming Children & Young People’s Mental Health Provision.
There is a ‘quick read’ version of the green paper that includes:
1. About the green paper
2. Plans for schools and the NHS:
A mental health lead in every school and college
Mental health support teams working with schools and colleges
Shorter waiting times
Mental health of 16 to 25 year-olds
3. Improving understanding of mental health:
Internet and social media
Researching how to support families
Researching how to prevent mental health problems
Responses are welcomed from those who have experience of mental ill-health, know someone close to them who has such experience, and from organisations. The consultation focuses on how the proposals in the green paper will be implemented. You can choose to just answer those questions you want to or those which are relevant to you. There are specific questions around how teams could work with children and young people who experience different vulnerabilities.
The internet can be an ugly place, but you won’t find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan’s Minecraft server, AutCraft. AutCraft has been designed for children and young people with autism and their families, which creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for those who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere).
AutCraft was created by Stuart Duncan (aka AutismFather in game) who not only has autism himself but also a child with autism as well. The server is administrated by adults that include autistics, parents of autistic children or a family member of someone with autism. Bullying, killing, stealing, griefing, swearing etc. is not tolerated on AutCraft.
Wiltshire Council has a duty to assess whether there is sufficient childcare in Wiltshire to enable parents to work or train leading to work as far as reasonably practicable. Your views will be invaluable in helping us to carry out that assessment. Our assessment report will be available on the Wiltshire Council website by April 2018.
Childcare can be defined as anyone else (other than a parent or carer) looking after your child especially when you are at work, training or studying. This includes ‘a safe place to be’ for older children such as supervised activities after school and in the school holidays.