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CAMHS Referrals

There is lots of information and a interactive guide to referrals on this link.

Here is small section of the info given but please check the website for full information.


The Hampshire CAMHS Service has been experiencing a significant increase in demand since September 2020, when young people returned to school and lockdown measures were initially eased. We are working hard to respond to this whilst working within social distancing restrictions.  Unfortunately, both these factors mean we are not able to respond as quickly as we would like in all circumstances.


All referrals will be reviewed as an initial risk screening within 24 hours (during working hours) but for the majority of referrals there will be a significant period of time where you may not receive contact from the service due to the current volume of demand. We are therefore not in the position to respond to questions or queries regarding our waiting list or when a child will be seen.


There are many local services offering a range of support. Below are a few that cover the whole of Hampshire and that we recommend regularly:


The above services and a number of local services accept referrals from parents or professionals, referrals do not have to come from CAMHS. Referral forms accessed via their websites above.


The preferred referral route is to use the Referral form. Once received, the referral will be reviewed by our clinicians in the Single Point of Access (SPA). This form is likely to take an hour to complete. Please ensure that you have all the information to hand prior to starting, ie: Personal details, Education details, Physical health details. The best information is detailed with examples.  There is a 3 hour limit for the form to be completed, and it is not possible to save and return to it. We are happy  to receive copies of any reports you have that may provide additional and helpful information. You can send these to us via email at: . Please clearly identify them as relating to the child you have submitted a referral for.


Our SPA is a team of mental health professionals who monitor and process all new referrals coming into CAMHS. In SPA, we discuss referrals together to make an informed decision as to whether we accept a referral and offer an initial assessment appointment, or signpost to other services and/or self-help. Decisions are based on the 3 key areas covered above:

  • The impact of the symptoms/difficulties
  • The duration of the symptoms/difficulties
  • The context of the symptoms/difficulties


Please note if your referral is for a Child in Care then the referral MUST be completed by the child or young person’s SOCIAL WORKER.

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