Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

The Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Community CAMHS team work closely together to support children and young people with emotional and mental health needs. In Brighton & Hove there is one point of referral which covers both teams. When a referral is received, we decide which service would be the most appropriate using the information given to us on the referral form.

Making a referral

Please read our guidance for referrers document (PDF 116KB) before you make a referral. This will help you decide whether or not a referral to us is appropriate and, if not, signpost you to other appropriate services and support.

There are many services in Brighton & Hove offering support to children, young people and their families that work alongside us. In the first instance we routinely advise talking to a child’s school, school nurse, health visitor (for under 5s) or family General Practioner (GP), to discuss your concerns. Then, together you could decide whether a referral might be helpful. Sometimes, instead of a referral to us, the professional you have met with may suggest approaching a service that provides focused or specialised support for young people, for example RuOK provide support with young people and substance misuse.

Referrals to CAMHS and Community CAMHS can be made using our referral form (PDF 44KB) or by letter to the address below. If a referral is faxed we request that a hard copy is posted as well.

If you wish to make a referral, it should be sent to:
The Aldrington Centre
35 New Church Road

If you have an urgent enquiry or referral you can call the Children's and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday call 01273 718680.

For urgent enquiries or referrals out of hours please refer to the information sent to GP Practices in December 2015.

Community CAMHS consultation service

The Community CAMHS team offers a consultation service to parents, carers and professionals. This is where there is an opportunity to discuss your concerns about a young person’s emotional wellbeing or mental health before a referral is made. Experience shows that an early consultation can often address concerns and save the need for a referral. If we are not the right service we are normally able to signpost you to a more appropriate service.

If you would like a consultation please contact Community CAMHS to speak with a Primary Mental Health Worker or Family Support Worker on the following numbers:

Cluster Number
East Brighton 01273 293481
North East Brighton 01273 290359
Central Brighton & Hove 01273 290545
West Brighton & Hove 01273 294411

In addition to the telephone consultations the Community CAMHS service can offer direct face to face consultations, for example by attending Team Around the Family (TAF) meetings if the family and professionals believe this would be helpful. 

Teen to Adult Personal Advisers (TAPA)

TAPA is a service for young people aged 14 to 25. TAPA workers can be contacted by calling CAMHS. Find out more about TAPA on the where to go for website.

Where to go for... services for young people in Brighton & Hove

For more information about services in Brighton & Hove that offer support for children and young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health needs there is a website called where to go for. The website has been developed by Right Here Brighton and Hove.