What is CAMHS?

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provides a range of comprehensive and multi-disciplinary community and inpatient mental health services for children and young people across Lincolnshire. The teams include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, therapists, specialist support workers.

Who is it for?

All children and young people up to their 18th birthday who are resident and or registered with a GP within Lincolnshire. They can be referred to CAMHS if you have concerns about their mental health and or psychological wellbeing and have already received support from other professionals (i.e. GP, school nurse, family worker, and teacher).

They can also be referred if the professional feels that the young person is at a significant level of risk and need immediate access to assessment and treatment from mental health professionals.

What services do CAMHS provide?

The Core CAMHS team offer a range of evidence based treatment pathways for a range of conditions. These pathways are informed by NICE guidelines and are regularly audited to ensure the care we provide is compliant with the NICE standards.

  • Depression,
  • General anxiety
  • Anxiety specific i.e. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social anxiety
  • PTSD,
  • Self- harm
  • Attachment disorder (primarily for Looked after children (in care), post –adopted children or young people at risk of becoming Looked after),
  • Harmful sexualised behaviour
  • Psychosis
  • Forensic psychology assessments

Other services

Community Eating Disorder Services for Children and Young People

Crisis and Home Treatment Team

Youth Justice Team

Learning Disability Team (mental health assessment and care pathways)

What sort of treatments are there?

Individual treatment pathways for a range of conditions.

Psychological therapies

Treatment pathways


Inpatient services

Signposting and joint working with relevant community teams.

How do I get help/who should I speak to?

As a parent or carer you cannot directly refer your child into CAMHS. If you feel that your child/young person is suffering from a mental health problem speak to your GP, social worker or school about whether a referral is appropriate and they will then make the referral for you.

If it is an emergency situation, contact 999 or go the Accident and Emergency Department.

There are lots of websites and help lines that offer support to parents. Young Minds offer free confidential online and telephone support and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25 – 0808 8025544

What happens if a referral is made?

Once a referral has been accepted, someone will contact you to make assessment appointment.  An assessment can last up to one and a half hours.

At assessment, if your child wishes, he or she will be offered the chance to be seen for part of the assessment on their own.

Once the assessment is complete the practitioner will discuss with you and your child about whether the service is right for them or if they may need to be signposted to another service for support.

If CAMHS can provide support for your child, the treatment pathway will be discussed and a care plan will be written which will identify the main issues, concerns and risks. It will outline the responsibilities of your child, yourself and the clinician.

Your child may be asked to complete an MyOutcomesUK rating scale (0-10) which helps the clinicians to assess your child’s feeling with regards to their well-being, family life, school life and social-life.

The clinician will complete a confidentiality form with you or your child which will identify who CAMHS have consent to contact whilst in the service.

You or your child will be asked if they would like to receive text reminders for their future appointments.

Following this assessment your child will be placed on a waiting list and contacted when a suitable clinician is available to commence treatment.

Response times

CAMHS are committed to achieve the following response times.

Routine Core CAMHS face to face appointment – within 6 weeks, urgent face to face response -72 hours, 13 hours for an emergency face to face response , 4 hour for a CAMHS emergency telephone response.

Routine Eating Disorder treatment start within 4 weeks, 72 hours for an urgent face to face response and 13 hours for an emergency face to face response.

24 hours for self-harm assessment and intervention.

3 weeks for young people in contact with the Youth Justice System (YJS).

Where is the CAMHS service?

The community teams are based at Lincoln, Boston, Grimsby, Louth and Grantham. The inpatient unit Ash Villa is based at South Raucby near Sleaford.