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Referral Thresholds

Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are an NHS service that aims to help young people up to the age of 18, and resident in the Hampshire Local Authority Area, who are finding it hard to manage their emotional and psychological health, and who are suffering with acute, chronic and severe mental health problems.

Lots of parents and carers have worries about their child’s mental health and think they need a referral to CAMHS. Whilst this is understandable, there are often lots of other things you can try in the first instance. The Hampshire CAMHS Website includes details on:

  • CAMHS referral thresholds
  • Referral form
  • Common problems and life issues
  • Tips and signposting
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Events
  • Campaigns
  • Podcasts
  • Apps

Not all children who self-harm will require support from Hampshire CAMHS. Therefore, consideration must be given to the CAMHS Referral Thresholds.

Worried about a child or young person?

For children living in the Hampshire Local Authority area, the Inter-agency Referral Form should be used when making a referral. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnerships and Children’s Trust Thresholds Chart can help you to identify the risks and types of services a family may need.

Services for Children

For further information on all services for children, young people and their families in Hampshire please see the Family Information and Services Hub.

School nursing

School nurses offer an individualised package of care. School nurses are able to support low level emerging anxiety where school based and/or self-help support or strategies have not been successful.

Find your school nurse service at Find Help | Health for Teens | Hampshire or visit the Hampshire Healthy Families website.