ACCESS Child and Youth Mental Health Service is a single point of referral providing access to help for children and young people in Wandsworth up to the age of 18 years, who may have mental health needs.
The service is made up of experienced mental health professionals and aims to be responsive and accessible to families, as well as those professionals who are working with, or are concerned about a child or young person.
The service will accept referrals:
- of children and young people up to their 18th birthday
- who are registered with a Wandsworth GP and
- who are experiencing mental health difficulties and/or
- who present with psychological and well-being needs.
The principles of the ACCESS Service are to offer each child or young person a service which provides earlier intervention and detection of difficulties, through direct assessments and conversations with those who know the child or young person best.
ACCESS Child and Youth Mental Health may be able to help by seeing young people at community locations, but if the service cannot help directly it will refer and signpost to professionals that can in consultation with families and young people. This includes Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The service can provide consultancy to professionals in relation to young people with whom they are working.
This service is for young people who may be:
- experiencing difficulties with Mood or worries finding it hard to cope
- struggling with their behaviour,
- having thoughts and feelings that affect their sense of well-being.
Any queries about referrals can be directed to 020 3513 6631. Referrers are welcome to speak to a member of the Administration Team or the professional on duty who can help to think through what the most helpful next step will be.
This service is provided by South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and Wandsworth Council.
All referrals are confidential and will be treated with complete discretion.