National Deaf CAMHS is a highly specialised mental health service for deaf children and young people with mental health issues. The service also accepts referrals for hearing children of deaf parents.
The service operates a team around the child and family model, employing deaf and hearing staff (including psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist deaf outreach workers, nurses, social workers and interpreters) to ensure that the child and family can work in their first or preferred language in a culturally sensitive way to address their mental health needs.
0 to 18
Location and access
The service in the north has centres in Manchester, Newcastle and York and covers the north of England, from the north Wales border across to north Lincolnshire and up to the Scottish border. The service is flexible about where meetings and sessions take place, so it does not matter whether you live close to a centre or not.
The team based in York covers the Yorkshire and The Humber region. Appointments are usually carried out at home, local CAMHS, in school or college or at another venue that is suitable and convenient for the child/young person and family.
Deaf CAMHS is a national service covering England, so if you are outside of the area described above, you can contact our other services based in the Midlands, South East or South West.
The office base in York is located on the ground floor with accessible parking close by. The team has a great deal of experience working with children and young people with SEND.
Access to this service
Families can contact the service directly for advice and information about the service but referrals must be made through a professional. This can be any professional the child, young person or family is working with and include G.P, Paediatrician, Teacher, School or Social Worker.
How we communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families
All staff are able to communicate in British Sign Language at different levels, but most at BSL Level 2 or higher. We employ deaf and hearing staff members, and BSL/English interpreters. We also work closely with freelance BSL/English and other language interpreters when appropriate.
All children and young people will have a communication profile as part of the service. This helps us to know how best to communicate with the young person and family both when we meet in person (for example, with an interpreter, using BSL) and how we communicate messages and reports (for example, SMS, BSL signed letters, or plain English).
Registered service and regulatory body
The service is part of the NHS and commissioned by NHS England.
Training acquired to support children and young people with SEND and their families
The service consists of a multidisciplinary team including, psychiatrists, mental health nurses and psychologists. All have individual and service training to ensure that skills are developed and maintained to work effectively with children and young people with SEND and their families.
Many of the team have experience working with children and young people with SEND prior to joining the Deaf CAMH Service.
Cost of service and payment options
Deaf CAMHS is an NHS service, there are no costs, when children are referred to our service with emotional and behavioural concerns that meet our service criteria.
Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCP)
In addition, for children who do not have emotional and behavioural concerns significant enough to meet our service criteria, we can offer an assessment and make recommendations for support in accessing education as part of their EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) however there will be a cost implication.
National Deaf CAMHS
31 Shipton Road
Tel: (01904) 294231
Fax: (01904) 294154
Contacts for comments, compliments and complaints
Text or call 07964294632
National Deaf CAMHS
31 Shipton Road