Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Child And Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) - Dorset Healthcare

Child And Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) - Dorset Healthcare logo

CAMHS offers assessment and treatment to children and young people aged up the age of 18 (and their families/carers) who are suffering significant mental difficulties. We provide these services across Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole), employing an experienced team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers.

We deal with a range of serious mental health problems, including:

  • psychosis/schizophrenia
  • significant self-harm and risk-taking behaviours
  • depression and severe anxiety disorders
  • eating problems
  • obsessive compulsive disorders
  • complex and/or significant post-traumatic disorders
  • severe behavioural difficulties
  • mental health or severe emotional difficulties in children with a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger's Syndrome.

CAMHS Gateway

Dorset HealthCare's CAMHS service has introduced a new part of the service to help manage assessments and provide some brief lower level intervention for children and young people experiencing problems with their mental health.  The service acts as the &lsquofront door' of CAMHS and has been introduced to help reduce the wait time for assessments and treatments that young people can experience when accessing the service.

For further information visit the CAMHS website

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Venue/Contact Details
Various Venues across Dorset. See Website for Details.
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
See Journey Planner on the right-hand side of this page, where you can view bus, car and train routes from your location.
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Times dependent on team. See website for details
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
This service is free.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 5 years to 18 years
Eligibility criteria:
If you are a parent/carer of a young person and you have concerns about their mental health and emotional wellbeing, you can speak to a range of professionals. These include: GPs, teachers, school nurses, primary mental health workers, social workers, educational welfare officers, behavioural support workers and educational psychologists, as well as paediatrics and adult mental health staff.;;If they agree that your child needs to be referred to CAMHS, they will make the necessary arrangements.
Booking Information:
See Website for Contact information
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Emotional needs
SEND Local Offer SEND

Please see our website for all further information including contact details and where to access the service, Pebble Lodge Adolescent Inpatient Service, advice and self-help resources for children and young people and parents/carers, and referral guidance for professionals. 

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