Child and adolescent mental health information for professionals

Welcome to our section for teachers, health professionals, primary care and accident and emergency service professionals

These pages are for anyone working with children and young people, including teachers, social workers, youth workers, school nurses, Home Link workers, GPs and mental health workers. The information below will also help primary care, accident and emergency staff and staff from other emergency services, including the police, who interact with children and young people who may have mental health problems.

This section is also for specialist CAMHS professionals.

Are you concerned about the mental health of a child or young person?

Find out how you can help if you are concerned about a child or young person you are working with. Information also includes how professionals can refer children and young people to CAMHS, and how we apply Targeted Mental Health in schools (TaMHS).

How we can help

Find out more about CAMHS and the services CAMHS provide.

Keep up to date with Surrey CAMHS news in our CAMHS newsletter.

FAQs for professionals

Read our frequently asked questions and answers for professionals.


Find out about training courses in mental health.


Study pack for primary care, accident and emergency staff and staff from other emergency services

Young people experiencing crisis, including self-harm, will often present through A&E departments or out of hours services.  We have put together a study pack for primary care and accident and emergency staff as well as staff from other emergency services, including the police. It contains information and advice on how best to interact with children and young people who may have mental health problems.

Early intervention in psychosis

Find out what psychosis is, the causes, symptoms and phases, the support on offer and the benefits of treatment:

Early intervention in psychosis presentation

Eating disorders

Eating disorders

The management of young people whose health is severely compromised by an eating disorder 

Mindful Service

Mindful service - leaflet for professionals

Mindful service - leaflet for children and young people


Presentation on self-harm

If you are using an iPad this Powerpoint presentation will open in Safari. However if you are using a different type of device and are having trouble opening the document please try this PDF version:

PDF Presentation on self-harm

Royal College of Psychiatrists report on self-harm

CAMHS Needs Assessment

This is a systematic review of the health issues in relation to CAMHS in Surrey.

Read the CAMHS Mental Health Needs Assessment 2014 (an update of the original 2009 report).

The eight principles for promoting emotional health and wellbeing in schools and colleges

Guidance for head teachers and college principals:

Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing: a whole school and college approach

Healthy Schools

The Surrey Healthy Schools project continues to run across the county, providing a framework for schools to co-ordinate, develop and improve all areas of personal, social and health education (PSHE). This includes emotional health and wellbeing, physical activity, healthy eating and the PSHE curriculum.

The Surrey Healthy Schools website is full of information about the scheme and its benefits to the school, pupils and staff. You will also find forms that you will need to complete to achieve the Healthy Schools status and maintain it through the enhancement process.  

You can also find information about Healthy Schools in the online ‘Health and Wellbeing’ section. This can either be accessed via Fronter or the Personalised Learning Space (PLS).

The schools which are monitoring their Healthy Schools work most successfully are completing an annual Whole School Review and submitting this to the Healthy Schools team. This ensures that schools continue to be registered as ‘engaged’ with the process.

A number of schools are working to broaden and deepen the Healthy Schools themes to achieve the Surrey Enhanced Plus status. They are using their Whole School Review, along with other relevant information and data sources, to identify specific project work. This project development will take around two years to complete. The end result is targeted provision in one of the Healthy Schools areas as well as the enhancement award.

Regular training sessions are held to support schools through this process and there are Healthy Schools’ network meetings each term. For details, visit the Babcock 4S website.

Once a project has been completed, the school then submits a short Whole School Story Template to our team. We will approve it, sometimes after a follow up visit or discussion, with a view to awarding Surrey Healthy Schools Enhanced Plus to the school.

For further information and who to contact regarding a visit/support please contact:

South East: Liz Griffiths  
South West: Sarah Lyles
North East: Diana Hansford
North West: Sarah Glaister  

Remember to subscribe to the Surrey Healthy Schools newsletter via the Healthy Schools website or Fronter/PLS to stay up to date with the team.


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