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 ‘Every Child and Young Person in the Rother Valley Matters’

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs) help children and young people, their families and carers when someone is experiencing emotional well-being or mental health difficulties. They provide services across locations, such as GP surgeries, clinics, hospitals and schools, to support young people with learning disabilities and those experiencing mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosis. A child is usually referred via the GP, if there are concerns with social, emotional or behavioural development, including Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). CAMHs will often consult with parents and the school via a questionnaire before deciding whether to offer an initial ‘choice’ appointment. This may or may not be followed by CAMHs accepting the referral.

Courses are also run by CAMHs at Meadowfield, Swandean Hospital, Worthing for professionals on ASC, Attachment, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Challenging Behaviour and Loss & Adjustment.

Referral usually by GP

Initial consultation by questionnaire with parents and school

May be followed by an initial ‘choice’ appointment

Child and Adolescent Mental  Health Service (CAHMs)


CAMHS website

Read more about CAMHS on the West Sussex Local Offer website here

The CAMHS Consultation Helpline is your opportunity to discuss services available for children and young people or the appropriateness of any referral to CAMHS with a clinician.

It is open from 12.00 - 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Chichester - 07765 075951

North West Sussex - 07917 053468

Worthing  - 07786 110157

CAMHS Contact Details

NHS choices website

Annie MacIver, Director of Family Operations: