Information for professionals

If you are a professional we hope that this page helps you to understand if a referral is needed and what to expect if a referral is made. If, however, you still need more information please do "Contact Us". Further information can be found in our professionals leaflet.

We are a multidisciplinary forensic child and adolescent mental health team, based in Cambridgeshire. Our service is available to young people, under the age of 18 years, whereby there is a concern about their mental health (this may include neurodevelopmental disorder and/or learning disability), they present with high risk of harm towards others and about whom there is major family or professional concern or they may be in contact with the criminal justice system or are likely to enter secure care.

Referral criteria

The referral criteria are deliberately broad and allow contact with the team in relation to the child and adolescents about whom there are questions regarding mental health or neuro disability who:

  • Are under the age of 18 years at the time of referral (There is no lower age threshold for access to the service)
  • Present with severe disorders or conduct and emotion, neuropsychological deficits or serious mental health problems with/without learning difficulties or where there are legitimate concerns about the existence of such disorders.
  • Are involved in dangerous, high risk behaviours whether there are in contact with the youth justice system or not. This will include young people. who present a high risk to others through such behaviours as fire setting, physical assault and sexual offending
  • In exceptional cases, are not high risk (not primarily dangerous to others) but have highly complex needs (including legal complexities, particularly with the criminal justice system) and are causing major concern across agencies.

Possible risk behaviours

Examples of high risk presentations which may prompt referral:

  • Violence
  • Fire-setting
  • Harmful sexual behavior
  • Stalking
  • Internet offending
  • Animal cruelty
  • Damage to property
  • Terrorism/concerns about radicalisation 

How to make a referral?

Having read the information above, if you would like to make a referral to our service, please complete the FCAMHS referral form and send securely to the e-mail address (details also on the referral form). We aim to respond to referrals within five working days.

What area we cover?

We provide a service that covers the East Of England region, this includes the following areas:

  • Bedfordshire
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk

map of East of England region

 What FCAMHS does 


• Advice
• Consultation
• Multi-agency liaison
• Assessment
• Intervention where indicated
• Mediate transitions in and out of secure care


• Development of joint working arrangements
• Developments of strategic links between networks
• Identifying gaps in provision
• Provision of training


What to expect from FCAMHS

  • Complete and send FCAMHS referral securely to If you are unsure whether a referral is appropriate and/or just want advice from FCAMHS, you can call us on 0300 300 9300
  • You should receive a call back from us within 5 working days
  • The FCAMHS clinician will explore your concerns and your reasons for referral. It may be that the FCAMHS clinician can give you advice/ recommendations at this point. This might be followed by a formal consultation
  • Sometimes, the initial phone call back from FCAMHS will act as a formal consultation. If not, and one is indicated, the FCAMHS will act as a formal consultation. If not and one is indicated, the FCAMHS clinician will arrange a time and date to complete one with you. Consultations can take place via phone, skype or face-to-face.
  • We'll support you to find the right agencies to help
  • If there are a number of agencies working with a young person, it may be appropriate to arrange a multi-agency consultation. You will receive a written summary of the consultation and recommendations. A copy of this will be sent to the child's GP.
  • In some cases, FCAMHS will become directly involved with the young person
    In some cases, it may be appropriate for us to become directly involved with a young person. This usually means undertaking a specialist assessment and/ or agreeing an approach to intervention. This will be determined by the consultation process.

What to expect flowchart

 Crisis and risk escalation - if you need urgent help

Urgent Help icon

FCAMHS is not an emergency service, if you need urgent help please see the following:

  • If it's an emergency and someone's life is a risk phone 999.
  • If it's not a 999 emergency but you need help fast: dial 111.
  • If you live in Peterborough or Cambridgeshire and you are registered with a GP, you can access the first response service by dialling 111 and then pressing option 2.

How to make a complaint

If you wish to make a complaint about the service we provided or a member of our staff, please see our contact us page for details on how to contact either the FCAMHS service (please ask to speak to the service manager) or PALs/ headquarters.

The page was last updated on 14 May 2019 by andrea.bateman.

Further information

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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