Referrals to Collingham

Collingham is a nationally commissioned service and can accept referrals from local child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across England.

Who is our service for?

Children aged between five and 13 are admitted for assessment and treatment for complex mental health problems including:

  • Eating disorders
  • Affective disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Anxiety and emotional disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Neuro-developmental disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Self-harm and emotional regulation disorders
  • Primary diagnosis of mental health with co-morbid learning disability

The service also considers cases of severe and complex emotional and behavioural difficulties when there are concerns about safety, and cases requiring specialist advice about education and care needs.

Referrals usually occur for three main reasons:

  1. The child’s condition is deteriorating or failing to improve significantly despite appropriate outpatient management.
  2. There is a need for intensive observation, care and assessment, or treatment in the community is not appropriate.
  3. Multiple assessment and treatment interventions are required in parallel.

Exclusion criteria

The service does not accept referrals for the following:

  • Children who present in a manner which may have a detrimental effect on the care and treatment of other children in the service, this includes extreme violence or behaviour.
  • Children with a primary diagnosis of substance misuse.
  • Children who are in need of secure care in forensic services.
  • Children whose principal referral criteria is the breakdown of family or placement.
  • Children who are currently in secure placements provided by local authorities who in the first instance should be referred to the National Forensic Service.
  • Children who are unsuitable for treatment under the service on clinical grounds and are unlikely to benefit from treatment.
  • Children where the parents or the child have not validly consented to the treatment provided if able to do so.

How to refer

A small team of staff manages all of the referrals to the service. They can be contacted for advice, support and to make a referral. They are:

  • Carl Dykes, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Referral Co-ordinator
  • Margaret Childs, Senior Family Therapist
  • Guy Larrington, Senior Family Therapist
  • Dr Gillian Rose, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

CAMHS can make a referral to Collingham Child and Family Centre by telephoning the referral team on 020 7361 7940 or emailing

Our response to your referral

A member of our referral team will contact you to discuss the referral within 24 hours.

If, after an initial discussion, we think that Collingham could offer appropriate treatment, we ask the referrer to co-ordinate a local meeting with the community network. This will include the child’s family or carers and a representative from the child’s school as a minimum. It is important that as many professionals as possible can attend.

The purpose of the consultation is to gain a shared understanding about the concerns: to clarify the goals for admission and to explore the possibility of further community-based interventions as an alternative to admission.

If it is agreed that an admission is appropriate, the family will be offered a visit to the centre to look around and to complete the care planning process.

For next steps, see the care pathway.