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.
  • 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.