Barnet CAMHS

Barnet CAMHS is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the London Borough of Barnet, providing multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children and young people with mental health or severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. Barnet CAMHS is an NHS service consisting of seven teams which work closely together, with all referrals to Barnet CAMHS coming through a service called CAMHS ACCESS. To find out more about making a referral to Barnet CAMHS, click here.

The Barnet CAMHS manager is Tina Read

Barnet CAMHS includes the following teams and services:

CAMHS Access and Generic Team (East and West Barnet)

CAMHS Access provides a central point of referral for professionals to refer young people with mental health concerns. These referrals may then be discussed with the young person, their family, or the referrer in order for the Access team to gather all the relevant information and send the referral to the most appropriate team as quickly as possible, or for signposting for other support in the borough. 

Generic CAMHS provides assessment, treatment and support to children and young people aged 0-18 years and their families for a range of mental health, behavioural and emotional well-being needs. The service offers a range of individual, family and group based interventions. There are two Generic CAMHS teams within Barnet (East and West).

These services are provided by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (with clinics based at Oak Lane, Holly Oak, Barnet General Hospital and Redhill Clinic and in community locations) and Tavistock clinic and Royal Free NHS Foundation.

Paediatric Liaison

The paediatric liaison team provide specialist mental health provision and consultation for young people and families who are in-patients or out-patients under the care of the paediatric and neonatal services at Barnet Hospital. Focus is on improving identification, engagement and providing early, brief and some longer-term interventions to reduce the high levels of psychiatric morbidity in young people with long-term physical illnesses, life threatening medical conditions and in those with medical unexplained symptoms. The team also provide support for staff and families in the case of child deaths, early parent work and support in neonatal units where babies have extreme prematurity or complex medical problems. Paediatric Liaison team run parent groups on neonatal units and have a specific SLA for the Diabetes service, providing input within multidisciplinary clinics; meetings and 1/1 work with this client group. The team provide induction and training for paediatrics around paediatric mental health topics, consultation to the paediatric and neonatal units around complex cases, and act as a liaison between CAMHS and the hospital. The team regularly provide liaison input to enhance the safe care, assessment and follow up of young people with self-harm who present to A and E and the ward. We provide clinical presence and consultation at all three weekly psychosocial meetings on the ward and in A and E.

Barnet Adolescent Service (BAS)

Barnet Adolescent Service (BAS) are a specialist team working with young people between the ages of 13 and 17 facing complex, severe or chronic mental health issues. Often these young people find it hard to engage with other services and may be at a higher risk, with complex presentations including chronic self-harm and psychosis. BAS consists of a multi-disciplinary team which includes Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, family therapists, nurses and adolescence mental health workers. Most of the team's work is based around talking - this may be with the young person or with members of their family, and/or in a group. Some young people may be offered medication after a psychiatric assessment.

Service for Children and Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental-difficulties (SCAN)

SCAN are a multidisciplinary team (consisting of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Child Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Counselling Psychology, Nursing) providing a full CAMHS provision to children and adolescents with moderate to severe neurodevelopmental difficulties and comorbid mental health problems. Referrals are accepted when mental health problems are identified in accordance with the CAMHS referral criteria and when the child or adolescent attends one of the special schools in Barnet. Under particular circumstances referrals are also accepted from special educational units within mainstream education. SCAN clients have chronic and life-long difficulties and will often be re-referred through-childhood, or they require long term monitoring of medication, as their difficulties are generally linked to their disabilities. The majority of clients receive a general initial assessment, although some may require complex specialist diagnostic assessments involving several clinicians and other services (such as a Paediatrician, for example). A range of short or long term treatments are offered as would be expected from a multidisciplinary team. However, all assessment and treatment work is increased in complexity due to the comorbid neurodevelopmental difficulties and mental health problems, requiring more resources to assess, diagnose, treat and liaise with the many professionals involved with the client and their family. A great deal of anxiety and risk surround our client group and the team has to be able to respond quickly and flexibly to safely support families in need. SCAN offer consultation and joint assessments to other CAMHS team in Barnet and foster good links with the special schools, Children with Disabilities Service, the voluntary sector and the community paediatricians. Alongside this assessment and treatment we offer support to parents who are frequently suffering from the stress and low mood that can come with parenting a child with a mental health problem and a major disability.

Barnet CAMHS in Specialist Schools

A team of Child and Adolescent Mental Health professionals support young people in Barnet’s Specialist schools (Pavillion, Meadway and Oak Hill Campus).

Barnet Primary and Secondary Project

This CAMH service to schools is now being delivered by our partners in the local authority.

Following the changes in the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to schools this year Barnet Local Authority will be providing CAMHS in School’s service rather than the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.

For the service to be able to work with your child we require your consent for Barnet CAMHS in School Service to process the information provided in the current referral form, and permission for the information to be shared with other relevant agencies. Please see below for the Permission for CAMHS in school consent form;

Permission for CAMHS in school

CAMHS in School Leaflet

For more information about this service please contact Bernadette Sotiriou at   

Looked After Children/Adoption Services

This CAMH service to Looked After Children (LAC) and Adopted Children is now being delivered by our partners in the local authority.

Information Sharing

Sometimes your information may be shared with other non-NHS organisations involved in your care, such as the local authority or the education services. All NHS staff have a duty to maintain confidentiality. Organisations outside the NHS who receive information about you from us also have a legal duty to maintain confidentiality.

The Trust would only share information about you when there is a justifiable reason and a legal basis in law to do so. This enables us to work together for your benefit.

Your clinician will keep you informed as to who your information is or will be shared with, unless an exemption applies under data protection law.

Visit the Trust Privacy Statement for further details relating to how we work with your information and our legal obligations 

Useful links

Barnet Council Local Offer

A London Borough of Barnet website helping young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities and their families find the information they are looking for?

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

Young Minds; What is CAMHS Leaflet