Children and young people’s healthcare

Services are provided by EPUT for children and young people from Bedfordshire, Essex and Luton. You can find out more about the work we do.

  • Adolescent inpatient service
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis Service

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provide outpatient assessments, support and treatment for emotional and behavioural difficulties in children up to the age of 16 and adolescents aged between 16 and 18. The service provides help to children and to the wider family.

Family Consultation Clinics can help families deal with a wide range of problems caused by changes in the family, physical and/or mental health problems, bereavement and other issues. These services are provided to children and young people in the communities of Bedfordshire, Essex and Luton.

In addition, a range of specialist teams work with families, schools and other authorities to:

  • Keep children in school
  • Keep children in stable home settings
  • Prevent children from offending and going off track

If you have any worries about your child that can’t be resolved at home, you can always discuss these with a GP, health visitor, school nurse, educational psychologist, paediatrician or social worker. They can then refer you to our service.

Some people only need one or two appointments, whilst others may need to come for a longer period of time. The first appointment will be around one and a half hours and depending on the issue to be discussed, may involve family meetings, or meetings with parents and children or with children and young people on their own.

The issues discussed at the appointment are confidential, although if we believe a child is at risk of harm, we will approach the child protection agency as required by law. However, wherever possible, we will discuss this with you.