Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services - CAMHS

 St Andrew’s Healthcare provides low and medium secure Tier 4 CAMHS inpatient services, with the objective of enabling young people to live well and to their full potential in the least restrictive environment possible.

A medium secure forensic service for boys aged 13 to 18 with developmental disabilities/autism.

The ethos of our Acorn ward is one of promoting recovery through boundaries, positive role modelling and solution focused therapies.

Acorn: Admission criteria

Boys aged 13 -18 on admission who:

  • have a diagnosis of  LD (often borderline-mild) often with co morbid conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • mental health problems
  • histories of developmental trauma
  • pose a significant risk of harming themselves or others
  • require care within a medium secure environment.

Acorn: Boys, Medium Secure Mental Health ward

Delivered by a full time, on-site multidisciplinary team (MDT), patients will benefit from our therapy programmes, specially adapted for the needs of vulnerable young boys:

  • behaviour therapy – including moral reasoning work and aggression management strategies
  • adapted Sex Offender Treatment Group (SOTG) and fire setting strategies
  • self-care groups to promote cleanliness and confidence.
  • weight management
  • education
  • sensory integration.

Acorn: Next steps

Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers to support a transition.

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