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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) service provide a service to children and young people aged 0-18yrs, and their families, who are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing difficulties. The community mental health clinic offers support, consultation and training to children’s services and provides primary and specialist mental health services in the community and to inpatient treatment services as required.


Community CAMHS
7 Pyle Street
Isle of Wight
PO30 1JW

Opening times:

Monday – Thursday 08:30 – 17:00
Friday 08:30 – 16:30

Telephone: 01983 523602 (answer phone out of hours)

E mail:

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CCAMHS will offer an intervention to any 0-18 year old that has an identified emotional-behavioural or mental health concern provided that, prior to referral, all of the following boxes can be ticked:

  • First line interventions and wider family support (e.g. parenting support, school-based care plan, adult mental health intervention, appropriate physical examinations) have already been put in place to try and address the referred issue. Where there is a significant risk to health that requires early CCAMHS involvement, a comprehensive assessment by the referrer could be considered a first line intervention.
  • Where safeguarding concerns about the child are present, the Children’s Services team and/or your service lead for safeguarding has been contacted for advice.
  • The referrer has gained the consent of the family and, where appropriate, the child or young person for the referral to be made.
  • The child or young person has been met and assessed by the referrer.
  • If you are unsure of what CCAMHS can provide, you have contacted the service to discuss this.

How to refer to Community CAMHS:

Any professional or voluntary sector employee can refer a child or young person to CCAMHS. Parents, carers and young people can contact the service to discuss how they can access our interventions. Adolescents who feel that they have mental health difficulties are able to self-refer. 

When unsure whether to make a referral

For information on children and young persons mental health services on the island please click here. In the referral form there is a list of mental health presentations and the appropriate services to referral to.

If you are unsure as to whether to make a referral to CCAMHS, you are encouraged to telephone the team to discuss the case further on 01983523602.

Standard written referral

In order to make a standard referral to CCAMHS you will need to complete the CCAMHS referral form.  These referrals are reviewed weekly and you will receive written confirmation of the outcome of your referral.

 Urgent telephone referral

If you feel the level of risk is such that a mental health response is required within 24 hours, please telephone your referral through to the service. Following your referral, you will be informed of the action taken. CCAMHS telephone lines are open 8:30am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am-4:30pm on Fridays. Outside of these hours, for an urgent mental health response, please contact the appropriate GP or the NHS 111 service.

Helpful local resources

Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG have developed the Little Blue Book of Sunshine to provide an easy reference to local resources to support children and young people's mental health, use this link to preview the booklet and the QR codes below for the latest versions. 

QR code for  Apple Books or QR Code for PlayStore 

Little Blue Book of Sunshine PDF (Aug 2021)

 Further resources are also available here.


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