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 - 18 with learning disabilities.

Our service ethos is based around recovery and this is developed through boundaries, positive role modelling and solution focused therapies.

Bracken: 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)
  • have mental health problems
  • have a history of developmental trauma
  • pose a significant risk of harming themselves or others
  • require care within a medium secure environment

Bracken: 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, including 'Because you’re worth it'  and 'Dapper Man'
  • weight management
  • education
  • sensory integration.

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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