CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. CAMHS are specialist NHS services. It is a term for all services that work with children and youngpeople with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
Salford’s main CAMHS service is delivered by Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. It is an outpatient service of assessment and treatment of serious mental health difficulties for under-18s.
We want children and young people in Salford to enjoy a happy, confident childhood and to achieve their potential. We want them to grow into adults who are able to cope with the demands of daily life and contribute to life in the city.
When children and young people need help, we want them to find it easily, for it to meet their needs, be delivered by people who care and for services to listen to their views. In a crisis we want them to get help quickly and as close to home as possible.
For this to happen, all services need to work together so that children and young people get the support they need at the right time and in the right place. In December 2015, we published our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Transformation Plan showing the work we were planning to do for the next 18 months and our overall aim and outcomes for 2020.
This is Salford's 2019 refresh of the CAMHS Transformation Plan (published 29 March 2019) in response to the national implementation guidance, such as The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
The plan remains a close collaboration with Salford City Council and wider partners, part of an on-going integration agenda for children and young people aged 0-25. It also reflects the mental health reforms outlined in the Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.