Specialist CAMHS does not take self-referrals from children, young people or their parents/ carers. If you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, in the first instance please seek advice from either:
All referrals concerning children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health (including routine S-CAMHS referrals) will now be going into SPACE-Wellbeing, the Single Point of Access for Children’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health. SPACE-Wellbeing is pan-Gwent across the boroughs of Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly.
Referrals to SPACE-Wellbeing will be discussed at a weekly allocations meeting, attended by all key providers in the borough who offer support and intervention to children and young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health needs. This includes key providers from health, local authority, education and the third sector. This process aims to ensure that children and young people are able to access the right help, the first time and that there is no duplication of support across services.
For more information on referring to S-CAMHS via SPACE-Wellbeing, please visit our “Making a referral to S-CAMHS” page.
If your referral is accepted for S-CAMHS, you can expect to hear from us inviting you to opt-in to receive an appointment with our service. The Welsh Government has set targets for S-CAMHS to see all referred children and young people within 28 days of the referral date.
Young people who have been previously known to S-CAMHS who received a Care and Treatment Plan under the Mental Health (Wales) Measure are able to self-refer to adult mental health services after the age of 18 years; this self-referral route is valid only for a period of 3 years from the date of discharge from S-CAMHS. After this period of time, referrals to adult mental health services must be directed via the GP surgery.
The exact reasons why children and young people hurt themselves aren’t always easy to figure out. In fact, they might not know themselves. Often those who self-harm are being bullied, under too much pressure to do well at school, being emotionally abused, grieving or having relationship problems with family or friends. These situations can create low self-esteem and low confidence, loneliness, sadness, anger, numbness, and a sense of lacking of control over their lives.