South East FCAMHS

The South East Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS) is a specialist service providing consultation to professional networks working with children and young people who present with high risks and complex needs in the South East of England.

The service operates across the South East Region and is run collaboratively between three mental health trusts - Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust and North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Our aim is to support local services to deliver child-centred, holistic care by supporting multiagency formulation, care-planning, risk management and intervention, helping the wider workforce to feel more confident when working with risk and complexity.

A professional who has an in-depth knowledge of a young person under the age of 18 can refer to the service if they are concerned the young person presents a risk to others (for the consultation to be useful, it is important the referrer has an in depth knowledge of the young person and their needs).

We will talk to you to understand what support you, as the referrer, need. For example, in some cases the referrer might need a question answered, or to be signposted to an appropriate service. In other cases a formal consultation might be needed which will include more in-depth discussions with possible subsequent risk assessments and treatment planning.

Our referral criteria is deliberately broad covering all young people under 18 where there are questions regarding mental health or neurodevelopmental difficulties, including learning disability and autism, who: 

  • Present high risk of harm towards others and where there is family or professional concern
  • And/or are in contact with the youth justice system or at risk of involvement
  • Where advice about an appropriate secure setting is needed due to the complexity of the young person's presentation and where they young person is experiencing severe, recurrent self-harm or challenging behaviour which cannot be managed elsewhere. 
  • Have high risk behaviours and highly complex mental health needs and where placements may be at risk.

To make an online referral, please click on this link to complete a referral form.

Across Surrey, Sussex, Kent & Medway our clinicians provide support in a wide variety of locations across the three counties.