Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams

Provide support and treatment to children and young people (under 18) who experience emotional, behavioural, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, anger, mood swings, low self-esteem, violence, self-harm, hyperactivity, over sexualisation, relationship problems and difficulties associated with attachment and loss. Three key concepts underpin the work: Child development, systemic theory and attachment theory.

Key learning opportunities/skills development

  • Gaining an understanding of signs and symptoms of mental ill health and how they are treated.
  • Holistic assessment of needs, including the assessment of risk and identification of relevant care pathway.
  • CPA process and caseload management.
  • Therapeutic relationship building.
  • Planning and implementation of care, including the management of risk.
  • Clinical decision making.
  • Communication and MDT working.
  • Medication management.
  • Record keeping.