Make a referral to CAMHS

This part of the website provides referral information for professionals from healthcare, local authorities and the voluntary sector who work with children and young people.

If you are a young person and are looking for information on how to get referred to CAMHS, talk to your GP, school nurse or, for example, someone you trust at school - find advice about getting support here. They will discuss it with you and then help you get referred and meet us, if that's appropriate.

We provide assessment and treatment to children and young people aged up to 18 years (and their families) who are experiencing significant impairment due to mental illness, or persisting emotional and behavioural difficulties which have not responded to interventions in primary care.

We have six Core-CAMHS teams working across Dorset.

  • To make a referral please complete the referral form below or provide a comprehensive letter which includes the information requested in the referral form to enable the teams to screen appropriately. If you are writing a referral letter then we ask that you document the wishes of the child/young person in your letter. Please send your completed referral form or letter by email to the appropriate team, as listed on the referral form.
  • Looked after Children or young people under a special guardianship order, should continue to follow the CAMHS LAC pathway, and following consultation with the CAMHS CiC Team go through to the C-CAMHS Teams.
  • If you are concerned about whether a referral is appropriate, our team members are happy to offer telephone consultation and advice to referrers. Please see the Contact Us section for details on how to get in touch.

CAMHS Gateway (East)

A new online referral form for professionals to use, and for young people aged 16-18 to self-refer, is being piloted. This is being introduced along as part of the new CAMHS gateway service in the east of the county (Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch) from 14 September 2020.

If you are over 18, please visit the Steps2Wellbeing website where you will find information about this service and how to access it.

For urgent mental health support, please call our Connection service which is open 24/7. Dorset residents or people visiting Dorset can call direct on 0300 123 5440 at local call rate or access via NHS 111 for free. More information on our Access Mental Services is available on the Dorset HealthCare website.