Depending on the individual circumstances around a child’s medical or physical health condition, some needs may be better met by the involvement of other services. Please see below for a description of these services. These services are all closely linked under the Child and Family Psychology and Therapies department at ABUHB, and will liaise with each other to determine which service would be most appropriate for children, young people and their families. The Paediatric Psychology may work jointly with these services if a child has a medical condition or chronic illness.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Specialist CAMHS is the specialist mental health service for children and young people under the age of 18 years living in Gwent, covering the five boroughs of Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly. The core work of Specialist CAMHS is to provide specialist assessment and treatment of significant mental health difficulties and associated risks in young people under the age of 18 years. Specialist CAMHS offer a variety of psychosocial interventions, designed to address the broad range of difficulties faced by young people, parents/carers and families. Specialist CAMHS does not take self-referrals from children, young people or their parents/carers.
Referral process for CAMHS
All referrals concerning children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health (including routine S-CAMHS referrals) go 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.
As a parent/carer, if you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, in the first instance please seek advice from either:
The Child and Adolescent Learning Disability Service (CALDS) is part of the wider Integrates Service for Children with Additional Need (ISCAN) service, but works closely with colleagues within the Paediatric Psychology Service. CALDS offers specialist services for children and adolescents aged 4-18 years with a moderate-severe learning disability that is in association with behaviours that challenge or complex mental health issues. CALDS accepts referrals from paediatricians, ISCAN and via consultation with any professional who knows the child or young person well. CALDS is based in St Cadocs Hospital and covers the whole of Gwent. The team is made up of learning disability nurses, an occupational therapist, psychologist and psychiatrist who offer a range of services including assessment and intervention, training, consultation and advice to other agencies. Please contact 01633 431784 for further information.
The Helping Hands Psychology Service for Children with Additional Needs is part of the wider Child and Family Psychology and Therapies department at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. The service provides emotional wellbeing support to families of children with additional needs, as well as post-diagnostic support, support groups, workshops, and consultations. The service can support in considering behaviours that challenge and work alongside other professionals to support a family. The service covers the whole of Gwent and has bases at all 3 children’s centres; Serennu (SCC), Nevill Hall (NHCC) and Caerphilly (CCC). The team is made up of psychologists who work closely with professionals from other disciplines within a young person’s system (e.g occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, nurses). Please contact 01633 436996 for further information.