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 on a Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) framework, using boundaries, positive role modelling and solution focused therapies to enhance the young people's quality of life, taking account of their developmental stage.

Bracken: Admission criteria

Boys aged 13 - 18 on admission who:

  • have mild to moderate learning / developmental disabilities, including those with co-morbid conditions such as:
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • autistic spectrum disorder
  • developmental dyspraxia
  • developmental trauma
  • mental illness
  • pose a significant risk of harming themselves or others
  • require care within a medium secure environment
  • have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended in 2007) or Irish High Court order.

Bracken: Boys, Medium Secure Mental Health Ward

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

  • emotional regulation
  • social skills
  • adapted Sex Offender Treatment programme
  • fire setting reduction programme
  • self-care groups to promote cleanliness and confidence
  • weight management
  • education at St Andrew's College - rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted
  • sensory integration
  • physical healthcare - access to gym, football sessions, physiotherapy, physical education, regular health checks
  • dietetics - supporting nutrition, weight management and healthy eating
  • speech and language therapy
  • Workbridge vocational opportunities - enabling young people to learn work and life skills.

Next steps

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

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