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ASK CAMHS

ASK CAMHS is the initial contact point for those who have concerns about a child or young person’s emotional or mental health in Kirklees. Experienced workers will listen to your concerns providing information, advice and self-help resources where they can. It is also the point of access for CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

In Kirklees, CAMHS are delivered by South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust and ChEWS (Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Service) at Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust. These services provide support for children and young people:

  • Who are aged 0-18
  • Who are registered with a Kirklees GP
  • Whose emotions are impacting on their daily functioning

Both services are accessed through ASK CAMHS

You can contact ASK CAMHS on 0300 304 5555.

The right support

Information is taken over the phone. We will ask for consent to speak to those at home, school and other professionals involved. We will also speak with the young person themselves where appropriate. This will help ASK CAMHS to really understand what’s going well, what’s not going so well and what might be helpful.

ASK CAMHS will inform the family and referrer what support can be offered and what other services and resources might be useful.

Who can call

Anyone can contact us to discuss concerns and we particularly welcome calls from families and young people themselves as you know best about what is going on for you.

How to contact ASK CAMHS

You can contact ASK CAMHS on 0300 304 5555.

Lines are open Monday-Friday, 8.00am-8.00pm and 9:00am-1:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

You can fax ASK CAMHS on 01924 850490 or send us a message on the website

GP Surgeries can fax through referrals using our GP Support Request Form, which can be downloaded on the right of this page.

If a child or young person has already been referred or is in touch with CAMHS or ChEWS then please contact the service directly.

What information is needed for a referral?

When we are taking a referral we take a holistic look at the child or young person’s life. This means we want to know about all areas of their life, at home, at school, how they get on with people in their family, their friends, if they have any hobbies and things that are going well and maybe not so well.

Gathering all this information allows us to get a good picture of what is going on for the individual allowing us to make the best decision about what support would be helpful to them. This sometimes means we need to speak to other people that are involved in the child’s or young person’s life to do this. We will ask your permission first to see who you would like us to talk to.

Information we will need:

  • The young person’s name, address, date of birth, ethnicity, telephone number and any disability
  • Details of who they live with
  • A description of the situation of the young person and difficulties they are facing
  • Whether or not the parents/carers/family members are aware and if we are able to discuss this with them
  • Which GP the young person is registered with and whether we can share information with them
  • Which school the young person attends and whether we can share information with them
  • Details of any other organisations that are involved in the young person’s life i.e. Social Care, Family Support etc.

Why use telephone referrals?

We find that having a telephone referral system makes it easier for everyone to access the service. It means we can make sure that we are the right service to support straight away and decisions about support can be made quickly.

We know that sometimes GP’s and consultants find it difficult to contact us with having busy surgeries during the day. If this happens please remember that families can contact us directly to self refer so you can pass on our number or if you have consent you can call and leave the young person’s name, contact number, date of birth and a brief description of your concerns and we will contact the family directly for full details.

Have you used ASK CAMHS? Then please give us some feedback