Providing a unique opportunity for schools and other providers to access early, easy and flexible access to a specialist child and adolescent mental health service
It is acknowledged that schools are educating and supporting growing numbers of vulnerable children, and their families, with complex needs, with a range of behavioural and emotional problems that are impacting on their ability to participate fully in their education.
Schools require timely and easily accessible specialist child and adolescent mental health support, for school staff, and the children and families, who experience behavioural, emotional and mental health difficulties.
The Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Early Intervention and Prevention Service (EIPS) provides a unique opportunity for schools and other providers to access early, easy and flexible access to a specialist child and adolescent mental health service, by:
• Training, consultation, advice and support, and
• An early and accessible pathway into specialist CAMHS for assessment and therapeutic intervention, with the accessibility to a specialist multi-disciplinary team, including clinical psychology, family therapy, child psychotherapy, art and play psychotherapy, access to psychiatry, mental health nursing, and a CAMHS crisis service, either for consultation or direct intervention.
We work with schools and families in non-stigmatising environments in the community. Every school will have an assigned specialist CAMHS clinician.
The EIPS model is a whole-school approach. The team follows a well-being and resilience-based partnership model with schools, developed over the last fifteen years in Luton. This enables schools to enhance their skills and confidence in supporting vulnerable children and families by specialist CAMHS training, offers schools support and advice when most needed, and provides accessible and early specialist consultation, assessment and treatment:
Targeted brief casework, in order to prevent mental health problems becoming moderate to severe and impacting on their inclusion in school. These include individual, family- and group-based programmes for children, young people, parents and families. The added value is that the EIPS offers a seamless pathway into the specialist CAMHS multi-disciplinary team (including psychiatry and crisis service) if required, either for advice or assessment and treatment.
Consultation, individual or group-based, telephone or face-to-face – to support school systems concerned about the behaviour or emotional well-being of children.
Specialist training and continued partnership support for schools working with vulnerable children and their families/caring systems.
We can provide a generic package of mental health support for your school, children and families (which can be adapted to meet your school’s needs), or a more specific bespoke flexible package, based on your most pressing needs and those of your community. These are explained below.