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CAMHS Mental Health Support and Getting Help teams

We have launched two new services in conjunction with the East Berkshire local authorities: 

  • Bracknell Forest Borough Council
  • Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council (RBWM) - Achieving for Children
  • Slough Borough Council

These services are the Getting Help Teams and the Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs). Our clinicians support children, young people and their families who have emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties, such as low mood and anxiety, which may be affecting their day-to-day life.

We offer evidence-based brief interventions that can last up to eight sessions directly as well as offer advice and support on where to find the most appropriate support when we are unable to offer direct help.

Teams in each area

Slough: A Getting Help Team and an MHST which serves 14 schools. We are currently setting up another MHST which will serve a further 8 schools. This will be operational from September 2022.

RBWM: A Getting Help Team and an MHST which serves 14 schools.

Bracknell: A Getting Help Team and an MHST which serves 16 schools.

Please see below for further details of our unique offer within each team.

The MHSTs supports children and young people with emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting their day-to-day life.

It's for pupils on roll at selected schools in East Berkshire. This includes pupils on the roll of Virtual School for Children, looked after children, and young people who are not in employment or education (NEET).

Depending on the age of the child or young person, we'll either work directly with them or with their parents. We also work with school staff and offer support on different levels, with the aim of developing and supporting a whole school approach to mental health.

Schools covered by the services

Slough

Beechwood, Ditton Park Academy, Haybrook College, Herschel Grammar, Holy Family Catholic Primary, Littledown, Pippins Primary, Priory, Slough & Eton, Ryvers Primary,  St Ethelbert's Catholic Primary, St Mary's C Of E Primary, Slough Virtual School, Wexham Court Primary, NEET Provision (Not in Employment or Education). We are currently setting up an addition MHST that will serve a further eight schools in Slough. 

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Achieving for Children Virtual School, Altwood CofE Secondary, Charters Secondary, Churchmead Secondary, Cox Green Secondary, Dedworth Middle, Holyport College, Larchfield Primary, Manor Green Special School, Trevelyan Middle, Windsor Boys, Wessex Primary,  Wraysbury, Woodlands Park.

Bracknell

Birch Hill Primary, Brakenhale (Greenshaw Learning Trust), College Hall PRU, Crown Wood Primary (Greenshaw Learning Trust), Easthampstead Park, Fox Hill Primary, Garth Hill, Great Hollands Primary (Maiden Erlegh Trust), Harmans Water Primary, Holly Spring Primary School,  Kennel Lane Special school, King's Academy Binfield (Kings Group Academy Trust), Sandy Lane Primary,  The Pines Primary, Wildridings Primary, Wooden Hill Primary.

Our team consists of:

  • Clinical Team Lead
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Clinical Supervisor/Therapist
  • Clinical Supervisor/Therapist
  • Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs)
  • Administrator

If you have any queries you can email the team at CAMHSgettinghelpeast@berkshire.nhs.uk

The Getting Help Team works with children and young people who need quick, short-term support (around six to eight sessions) with low to moderate mental health issues.

This help could take the form of participating in a group, or individual one to one informed CBT therapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

We’ll discuss all therapeutic interventions with the child or young person and their parent/carer (as appropriate), to make sure that this is the right approach for them.

We can also signpost to other services that may be able to better support the child/young person. We can support you to access more intensive CAMHS support if it is needed.

The Schools Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are assigned to selected schools in your locality.

If you do not have an MHST allocated to your school, the Getting Help Team can still provide an offer of mental health support to the students who attend your school. Our Getting Help Teams are integrated into the local authority Early Help services and are therefore accessed via the completion of a Multi Agency Referral Form. You can access guidance for this via your local area's website:

The Getting Help Team offers a comprehensive package of mental health support to children, young people and their families and wider children’s services. This support can include:

  • A needs-led triage service within Early Help using a multi-disciplinary holistic approach to care
  • Improving access to mental health support and services
  • Delivering training and workshops for schools, parents/carers and other professionals
  • Providing consultation to schools on mental health and wellbeing where appropriate
  • Individual and group interventions for children and young people experiencing difficulties with managing emotions

Should you have any queries please email: CAMHS-GettingHelpEastService@berkshire.nhs.uk and we will do our best to help you.

Mental Health Support Team

Referrals into the MHST are made via the education setting.

If your child/young person is on roll in one of the schools mentioned, or is part of the Slough NEET provision, please contact the education setting directly to discuss potential support from the service.

Getting Help Team

As the Getting Help Team sits within the local authority’s Early Help Services, you can refer into the Getting Help team via their Single Point of Access process by completing a Referral Form. The referral will then be triaged by the “front door” team in your local Children’s Services and then directed to Early Help Services based on the identified needs.

We also welcome self-referrals from young people (older than 16 years) and parents/carers.

Please see the local authority websites for more information on the full Early Help offer:

Bracknell Forest Borough Council: Bracknell Early Help Website

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM): RBWM Early Help Website

Slough Borough Council  Slough Early Help Website

For urgent support with a child or young person’s mental health please contact  CAMHS on: 0300 365 1234

Visit our urgent help page for more sources of help.

For safeguarding concerns about a child or young person, please contact the local authority:

Bracknell Safeguarding: 01344 352005

RBWM Safeguarding: 01628 683150

Slough Safeguarding: 01753 875362