Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Who we are

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. We provide support and treatment for children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties. We support children and young people aged up to 18 years (25 years if they have been a child in care and it is agreed that we are the best service to meet their needs) who are experiencing psychological distress and need support with their mental health.

The CAMHS team includes:

  • mental health nurses
  • social workers
  • assistant practitioners
  • psychologists
  • consultant psychiatrists
  • peer support workers
  • administrators. 

At the current time due to Covid-19 guidelines we will be delivering our service differently to keep families safe. For the majority of appointments we will therefore be offering telephone and video appointments only.

When is CAMHS appropriate?

If a child has already received support from another professional or service (teacher, support worker, counsellor, Healthy Minds) regarding their emotional and mental health and things haven’t improved, CAMHS may be able to help. CAMHS can also assist when there are immediate concerns regarding a risk to a child or young person and they need immediate support from a mental health professional.

CAMHS can usually help after a young person or family have accessed support from Universal Services. To help you understand whether CAMHS are the right service,  please take some time to look at the Lincolnshire Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Pathway. This pathway includes information about ALL local services that can help support young people and families with emotional wellbeing, mental health or behavioural concerns.

Our Teams

CAMHS Core Team

Core CAMHS is a team of trained Mental Health Practitioners and Assistant Practitioners from various clinical backgrounds including:

  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists.

This is the team you would usually see on your first visit to CAMHS. This team works with children, young people, parents & carers to assess the mental health of children and adolescents who have been identified as potentially having moderate to severe mental health needs.

CAMHS Crisis and Enhanced Treatment Teams (CCETT)

The CAMHS Crisis and Enhanced Treatment Teams (CCETT) are based in Lincoln and Boston and cover the whole county.

The staff members in the teams are social workers and nurses by background and aim to support young people in a mental health crisis through offering assessment and intensive home treatment. This includes supporting young people experiencing thoughts of suicide and engaging in significant self harming behaviours. 

By working with young people and their families and carers, we aim to avoid hospital admission wherever possible by providing intensive support in the home environment.  We know from extensive research this provides better outcomes for young people.

Our working hours are:

8.45am to 7pm every day 

We run an out of hours triage service 7pm to 8.45am to respond to A&E, the police or ambulance services.  This is to provide support and advice around mental health presentations to these services. We aim to see all young people appropriate for the service within 72 hours. 

We are able to offer intensive, evidence based, short term support (up to eight weeks) to manage risk and prevent deterioration via group work and 1:1 therapy (CBT, DBT, EMDR and Animal Assisted).

Young people can access our service via GPs and social workers directly or can make a CAMHS self-referral 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

If a young person does not meet the criteria for our team, we will signpost to a more appropriate service (within LPFT or otherwise).

CAMHS Eating Disorder Team

This team works with children and young people presenting with an eating disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia.

For more information, you can Download CAMHS Eating Disorder Service leaflet

CAMHS Learning Disability Service

CAMHS Learning Disability Service Easy Read Guide

CAMHS Learning Disability team is a community based specialist service offering support to children and young people, aged up to 18 years, who are experiencing significant mental health problems and who are diagnosed with moderate to severe learning disability.

What we can help with

  • Mental health and associated complex needs
  • Challenging behaviour

How we can help

The team will work with you, your parents or carers, schools, and health professionals and social care to offer individual tailored advice and strategies to support you. This might include:

Conducting a comprehensive holistic assessment to include psychological, emotional and behavioural health as well as looking at physical issues which could be affecting mental health wellbeing (e.g. sleep)  

  • Conducting a psychiatric assessment and medication consultation or review (if required)
  • Offering behaviour management advice and interventions
  • 1 to 1 time with the young person and their family
  • Offering telephone consultations and advice
  • Teaching and consultation to agencies (schools, respite services, children’s homes)
  • Offering a parent support program
  • Signposting to other appropriate agencies

This is not an exhaustive list and most importantly, following any assessments, you and your family will be invited to be involved in deciding the best course of action.

CAMHS Harmful Behaviour Service

The CAMHS Harmful Behaviour Service works with children and young people (up to the age of 18 years old) displaying sexual behaviour that is causing concern, and which falls outside behaviour considered developmentally appropriate for a child or young person of that age.  The Brook Traffic Light Tool is a good starting point for considering whether a sexual behaviour being displayed is of concern

The Harmful Behaviour Service provides professional advice, assessments using the Assess Intervene and Move on (AIM) model with trained assessors, and evidence based interventions.  

The CAMHS Harmful Behaviour Service works with:

  • children
  • young people
  • families and carers
  • professionals

to offer a coordinated approach to reduce levels of risk and vulnerability to self and others and is informed by Safeguarding Children guidance and the Signs of Safety model used within Lincolnshire Children’s Services. 

For further information around sexual behaviour concerns in children and young people, please visit the following sites


What CAMHS help with

CAMHS offers a wide range of evidence based treatments for a variety of conditions and presentations. These pathways are informed by NICE guidelines, ensuring we are providing the safest, most effective treatment possible. Treatment Pathways include

  • Depression
  • General Anxiety
  • Specific Anxiety (such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Harmful sexualised behaviour

CAMHS service leaflet

Visit our jargon buster page to learn more about these different therapies and other regularly used terms in our services

Need to speak to a professional for advice?

If you are unsure if our Children and Young People's Services could help a young person you are supporting and would like to speak to a mental health practitioner, contact the Here4You Access team via our advice line

Telephone 0800 234 6342 (24 hours a day)

GP, paediatricians and social workers (Children’s Services) can refer direct to the service in writing or using a CAMHS referral form via the Single Point of Access (SPA).

Referral guidance

This should be addressed to

Lincolnshire CAMHS
LPFT Single Point of Access
Sycamore Centre
Beacon Lane
NG31 9DF

Telephone 0303 123 4000

All other referrers should first speak to the Lincolnshire Here4You Line:

Telephone 0800 234 6342

"When we needed extra support, we received it straight away…. all the professionals involved have been very caring, helpful, easy to talk to and extremely supportive."

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