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CAMHS Mental Health Support and Getting Help teams

We have launched two new services in conjunction with the East Berkshire local authorities: 

  • Bracknell Forest Borough Council
  • Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council (Achieving for Children)
  • Slough Borough Council

With Slough Borough Council we run the Mental Health Support Team (MHST). We support children and young people who attend 14 schools in Slough who have emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting their day to day life.

With the three local authorities in East Berkshire (Bracknell Forest, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Slough Borough Council) are the Getting Help Teams. We work with children and young people in these areas who need short-term support (around six to eight sessions) with low to moderate mental health issues.

The wellbeing of children and young people, their families, MHST staff and school staff is paramount. The MHST is a consent-based, non-statutory service for children, young people and their families with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

At this time:

  • The MHST will not be carrying out face to face visits either at schools or to homes
  • MHST workers will remain in regular contact with the existing children, young people and families via online consultations, text or telephone calls
  • The MHST mailbox and online referral system continues to be monitored.
  • Despite the Covid-19 restrictions we are working hard to make sure we can deliver a service to the selected 14 Slough schools from September 2020.
  • In the meantime we are supporting the schools with an Emotional Health and Wellbeing Virtual Schools offer. This is a combination of webinars, consultations and education resources.
  • Once schools re-open, MHST workers will resume face to face contact with their existing clients working within the schools under the guidelines of the Berkshire Healthcare Covid-19 recovery plan and individual school guidance. When they are able to begin face to face work with clients MHST staff will do so.

For information about supporting children and young people’s mental health in response to COVID19, please see the government guidance.

 

The MHST supports children and young people with emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting their day to day life.

It's for pupils on roll at 14 schools in Slough. This includes pupils on the roll of the Slough Virtual School for Children Looked After and young people who are not in employment or education (NEET).

The schools that are covered by the service are:
Beechwood, Ditton Park Academy, Haybrook College, Herschel Grammar, Holy Family Catholic Primary, Littledown, Pippins Primary, Priory, Slough & Eton, St Ethelbert's Catholic Primary, St Mary's C Of E Primary, Slough Virtual School, Wexham Court Primary, Ryvers Primary School, NEET Provision (Not in Employment or Education)

Depending on the age of the child or young person, we'll either work directly with them or with their parents. We also work with school staff and offer support on different levels, with the aim of developing and supporting a whole school approach to mental health.

The team consists of:

  • Clinical Team Lead
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Clinical Supervisor/Therapist
  • Clinical Supervisor/Therapist
  • Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs)
  • Administrator

If you have any queries you can email the team at CAMHSgettinghelpeast@berkshire.nhs.uk

The Getting Help Team works with children and young people who need quick, short-term support (around six to eight sessions) with low to moderate mental health issues.

This help could take the form of participating in a group, or individual one to one informed CBT therapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

We’ll discuss all therapeutic interventions with the child or young person and their parent/carer (as appropriate), to make sure that this is the right approach for them.

We can also signpost to other services that may be able to better support the child/young person. We can support you to access more intensive CAMHS support if it is needed.

Mental Health Support Team

Referrals into the MHST are made via the education setting.

If your child/young person is on roll in one of the schools mentioned, or is part of the NEET provision, please contact the education setting directly to discuss potential support from the service.

Getting Help Team

You can self-refer into the Getting Help team via your council’s children’s service single point of entry (this is also known as a common point of entry or front door). Please see their websites for more information:

Bracknell Forest Borough Council: Bracknell Early Help Website

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM): RBWM Early Help Website

Slough Borough Council  Slough Early Help Website

For urgent support with a child or young person’s mental health please contact  CAMHS on: 0300 365 1234

Visit our urgent help page for more sources of help.

For safeguarding concerns about a child or young person, please contact the local authority:

Bracknell Safeguarding: 01344 352005

RBWM Safeguarding: 01628 683150

Slough Safeguarding: 01753 875362