What is CAMHS?

Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services – CAMHS – are a range of services provided by a number of different organisations to help children and young people have good emotional health and mental wellbeing.

Organisations who can help and working the CAMHS area include:

Early Help

Early Help provide intense, focused support when problems first emerge.

Early Help Drop in at Eric Manns is open for young people aged from 11 years who are at secondary school and young adults up to the age of 25, they offer support through adolescence and into early adulthood.

See Easy access to Early Help for more information.

Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

Educational Psychologists (EP) visit schools/settings and talk to staff, children and young people about a wide range of issues including emotional well-being and learning. They aim to help people have a better understanding of the skills and needs of the children and young people they work with.

If you think you would like support from an EP, talk to the SENDCo or a trusted adult at your school or setting.

General Practitioners (GPs)

GPs are medical doctors who offer treatment and support for a range of physical and mental health problems. Everyone should be registered with a local GP and they are usually the first people you see with any medical problem.

Looked After and Adopted Children's Therapeutic Team

The team offers advice to parents or carers and professionals working with looked after and adopted children to support the emotional wellbeing of young people in care. Looked after children should contact the team through their social worker. Adopted children should contact the team through either their adopted parents or a teacher.

Multi Agency Support Team (MAST)

MAST services are bought in by some schools in Rotherham. Services include counselling, family intervention and parenting support. Young people can access the service through school; access is usually after school staff, such as school nurses or learning mentors, have been involved.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH)

RDaSH is a service for children and young people up to the age of 18 years. They are there if you experience mental health issues like depression or low mood or emotional difficulties which might be difficult to talk about with families or friends. Any professional can refer to the service including GPs.

School support staff

School Support Staff are people such as learning mentors, school nurses and even counsellors. The titles of these people may be different in different schools but a teacher will be able to tell you who is best to speak to.

Specialist CAMHS

Young people can also self-refer via the CAMHS Drop in clinic held at Youth Start

Together Pathway Project

Together Pathway Project work with young people aged 17½ to 24 years with emotional issues, problem solving, low confidence, self-esteem and relationship difficulties as well as giving support going through court processes and providing updates to criminal justice personnel where appropriate. The aim is to increase individuals’ personal resilience, coping and relating skills and self-awareness and divert them away from the criminal justice system and or/decrease inappropriate or avoidable use of emergency services.

How we work

All organisations who provide CAMHS work to an agreed set of rules. These are:

  • We will work with you, rather than just telling you what to do
  • We will treat you with dignity and respect
  • Everyone is unique and every family is different so we will listen to what you tell us
  • We will treat you in the best way possible to meet your needs, through tailored packages of care
  • We will deliver our service in the way that best meets your needs
  • We will work with you to deliver services at a time that best meets your needs
  • We will give you information in a way that is suitable for you
  • We will treat what you tell us as confidential
  • If we think it would help for us to talk to other people who know you and share information, we will talk to you about this first

Our vision

Our vision is for the children and young people of Rotherham to have the best possible emotional health and wellbeing, to build social and emotional resilience, promote good parenting skills and for our services to identify problems early and respond to them quickly.


Confidentiality & Safeguarding Where possible CAMHs treat the information children and young people share in confidence. Only when there is a risk to a child’s safety (a safeguarding issue) will information be disclosed without consulting with the young person. This includes sharing information with parents and carers; in order to build trust with young people we will treat the information they share as confidential and will not tell parents and carers what has been discussed.


If you are not happy with the service you have received you can either complain via the CCG or the Council