South Oxon Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Getting Help and Getting More Help Pathways

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What’s important to us (our values):

Children and young people who have mental health needs will receive timely and evidence based interventions in a caring, compassionate and non-judgemental environment. We value the role of the family in the recovery process and where possible family support is an integral part of our work.

What we do:

  • Routine and emergency specialist psychiatric assessments, including risk assessment for Children and Young People (5-18) where there is an indication of a mental illness;
  • Evidence based interventions, either individually, with the family or within a group setting to Children and Young People who are experiencing mental health difficulties;
  • Supportive interventions to parents/carers either individually, or on a group work basis where the Child or Young Person has a mental health diagnosis.

There will be an emphasis on the need for assessment to ascertain the presence or not of mental ill health and CAMHS contribution to the management of complex cases.

Referral pathway

The South Oxon.CAMHS locality is divided into two pathways called Getting Help and Getting More Help.

The Community CAMHS Getting Help team offer an early intervention service to children from 0-18 where there is evidence of a mental health difficulty.

The Community CAMHS Getting More Help team offer a service to children from 0-18 inclusive where there is an indication of serious mental health including:

  • Depression / Anxiety/ Neurotic disorders
  • Emerging personality Difficulties
  • Attachment Disorder where there is evidence of difficulties with interpersonal relationhsips
  • Conduct disorders where mental health issues are also indicated
  • We also work jointly with other CAMHS pathways to offer therapeutic interventions where indicated

Other CAMHS pathways can be accessed through the Single Point of Access (SPA) and Trust website. They include Eating Disorders, Neuro-Developmental Conditions and Specialist Services. See below for contact details for SPA and Trust website.

Who we offer this service to:

All children and young people 0 – 18 inclusive from the Abingdon, Didcot, Thame, Henley-on Thames, Wantage, Faringdon and surrounding rural areas. Our catchment area is set by GP practices.

Where appropriate we will facilitate a supportive transition to adult services when the young person reaches 18. This transition process will start at 17.5 years old.

How and when we do it:

Our core hours are Monday to Friday 9-5 however there is an out of hours County wide ‘Crisis Team’ who will accept referrals from GPs outside of core hours.

We offer both clinic based and community appointments.


How to contact us:

Post: South Oxon Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, The Clockhouse, 22-26 Ock Street, Abingdon OX15 5SW
Telephone: 01865 904700
Fax:01865 337437

Email: Getting Help

Getting More Help

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kelly Garside
Contact Position
Clinical Team Manager
01865 904700 01865 904700
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Where to go

The Clockhouse
Ock Street
OX14 5SW
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Referral Details

Referrals to CAMHS can be made by any worker from any agency, statutory or voluntary, to the Single Point of Access (SPA). Young people can also self refer using our website.

Urgent and emergency referrals 01865 902515

Referrers should ensure that urgent referrals are made directly by telephone call. Duty arrangements are in place to respond immediately to urgent and emergency requests for assessment and/or treatment.


Standard referrals to SPA  or call on 01865 902515 


Young people can self refer using the Trust website

Referrers can choose to complete a Comprehensive CAMHS Referral (CCR) or discuss a referral over the phone. The CCR should contain sufficient information to enable the Single Point of Access team (SPA) to screen the referral appropriately. The CCR also asks that the child, young person and family or carers have given their consent to opt into treatment, and to share their personal information.

The Comprehensive CAMHS Referral (CCR) for all teams is accessible on the Oxford health website.

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Young people
Disabled children/young people
Supporting people with
Mental health conditions


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