The FCAMHS South West (South) or Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service South West (South), is an NHS service that covers Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. We aim to help young people who are struggling with their thoughts and emotions, and are putting themselves or others at risk. They may be in contact with the police about these behaviours.
Why have I been referred to you?
The young person might have been referred to us if they have been seen by the police, if they are in contact with the youth justice system or if they’re at risk of entering it. They may also be referred to us by a professional who is currently involved in their care if they are concerned about them, or if someone is worried about their risk to others.
A professional working with the young person might come to us for advice on the best way to support them. In some cases, they may be asked to come and meet with someone from our team. This meeting will be carried out in a place where they feel safe and comfortable. We will talk about the reasons why they have been referred to our team, and think about how we, or other people can help them.
Where can I find more information?
Our leaflet for children and young people is available below.