Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service - (Deaf CAMHS)

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National Deaf CAMHS is a highly specialised mental health service for deaf children and young people with mental health issues. 

The service operates a team around the child and family model, employing deaf and hearing staff (including psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist deaf outreach workers, nurses, social workers and interpreters) to ensure that the child and family can work in their first or preferred language in a culturally sensitive way to address their mental health needs.

How we communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families

All staff are able to communicate in British Sign Language at different levels, but most at BSL Level 2 or higher.  We employ deaf and hearing staff members, and BSL/English interpreters.  We also work closely with freelance BSL/English and other language interpreters when appropriate.

All children and young people will have a communication profile as part of the service.  This helps us to know how best to communicate with the young person and family both when we meet in person (for example, with an interpreter, using BSL) and how we communicate messages and reports (for example, SMS, BSL signed letters, or plain English). 

The service consists of a multidisciplinary team including, psychiatrists, mental health nurses and psychologists.  All have individual and service training to ensure that skills are developed and maintained to work effectively with children and young people with SEND and their families.

Many of the team have experience working with children and young people with SEND prior to joining the Deaf CAMH Service.

Contact information:

Tel: (01904) 294231
Fax:  (01904) 294154
Sms/Text: 07980 969113 / 07980 969133

Contacts for comments, compliments and complaints

Service Manager:
Text or call 07964294632
National Deaf CAMHS
Lime Trees
31 Shipton Road
YO30 5RE

Who to contact

(01904) 294231 (01904) 294231
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Where to go

National Deaf CAMHS
Lime Trees
31 Shipton Road
YO31 5RE
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The service in the north has centres in Manchester, Newcastle and York and covers the north of England, from the north Wales border across to north Lincolnshire and up to the Scottish border.  The service is flexible about where meetings and sessions take place, so it does not matter whether you live close to a centre or not.

The team based in York covers the Yorkshire and The Humber region.  Appointments are usually carried out at home, local CAMHS, in school or college or at another venue that is suitable and convenient for the child/young person and family.

The office base in York is located on the ground floor with accessible parking close by. The team has a great deal of experience working with children and young people with SEND. 

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm.


Deaf CAMHS is an NHS service, there are no costs, when children are referred to our service with emotional and behavioural concerns that meet our service criteria.


Referral not required
Referral Details

Families can contact the service directly for advice and information about the service but referrals must be made through a professional.  This can be any professional the child, young person or family is working with and include G.P, Paediatrician, Teacher, School or Social Worker.

The service also accepts referrals for hearing children of deaf parents (see below for who this service is for).

Other notes

Registered service and regulatory body: The service is part of the NHS and commissioned by NHS England.

Local Offer


Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCP)

In addition, for children who do not have emotional and behavioural concerns significant enough to meet our service criteria, we can offer an assessment and make recommendations for support in accessing education as part of their EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) however there will be a cost implication. 

Page last reviewed: 25/08/2020


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