Who can refer to CAMHS?

We encourage referrals from anyone concerned about emotional health, these can be from professionals (ie: GP / Social Care / Health Care / Education etc.) or from families and young people directly via the portal below.

How do I refer to CAMHS?

At present, to be seen by a CAMHS specialist, you will need to make a referral via your GP or other health professional. Visit the Where We Work pages to find the service for where you live.

Our Online Referral system, which can be filled out directly and sent electronically,  without having to go via your GP or other health professional,  is in the process of being set up & will be available here soon.

What happens to your referral?

East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides specialist CAMHS services in five boroughs; City & Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Bedfordshire and Luton. Each service offers the same process for the safe consistency in the management of referrals; this is via a local Single Point of Entry (SPOE). All referrals are discussed with the young person, their family, and / or the referrer in order for the specialist clinical triage team to gather all relevant information, this helps inform the team to make a detailed clinical decision regarding the most appropriate treatment pathway for your presenting need based on risk to ensure your referral receives the right help at the right time. Once a decision has been made you will receive confirmation from the team to inform you of the outcome of your referral, this may include offering an episode of care within CAMHS or signposting to local services who are better suited to meet your needs. A copy of the clinical decision making will be sent to you and copied to your GP for continuity of care.

Get help in an emergency

If It’s not an emergency, you can dial 111 if you need help fast.

We also have urgent crisis care support available across all our areas

Do not use our online referrals form for urgent help.


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Making a Referral

CAMHS accepts referrals for children and young people up to their 18th birthday. If you are under 12 you will need to ask your main carer to complete the self-referral form. Find your local CAMHS service on the Where We Work page.

Please contact our clinicians if you are unsure on whether we can support you with the referral, or whether other services may be more appropriate in the first instance. 

If you feel you or someone you care for are in danger of hurting themselves, or someone else, please contact our urgent care services by clicking this link:

Urgent Crisis Support