GP referrals

How a GP can refer a child or young person for advice or support.

1 Overview

GPs are able to access help and support for children and young people by making a direct referral.

Please complete the appropriate referral form supplied on the following pages for the service you want to use.

2 Youth Emotional Support (YES)

The YES service offers a voluntary service for young people aged 11-18 years. It helps them identify, acknowledge and work through difficulties they may be facing that are having a negative impact on their emotional wellbeing. 

The service can help young people presenting behaviours such as:

  • self-harming
  • low mood and mild depression
  • difficult relationships at home and with friends
  • anger issues
  • low self-esteem and confidence
  • anxiety
  • sleeplessness
  • some suicidal thoughts
  • disengagement from participation and education
  • difficulty with eating and weight
  • concerns regarding sexual exploitation. 
YES referral form (53KB, Word)

More information is available on Your Space.

3 Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS provides specialist assessment and treatment of moderate to severe mental health disorders and associated risks.

It helps young people under the age of 18 years who are presenting behaviours such as:

  • depression
  • eating disorders
  • gender identity
  • obsessive compulsive disorders and tics
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • psychotic illness
  • self-harm
  • suicidal thoughts.
CAMHS referral form (469KB, Word)

Consultation Helpline

Use the Helpline to discuss services available for children and young people, or the appropriateness of any referral to CAMHS, with a clinician. Lines open 12 noon-2.30pm, Monday-Friday.

  • Chichester – 07765 075951
  • North West Sussex – 07917 053468
  • Worthing – 07786 110157

Contact details

To access CAMHS services use the numbers listed below.

In hours - 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday

Local CAMHS:

  • Chichester: 01243 813405
  • Worthing: 01903 286754
  • Horsham/Crawley: 01403 223344
  • Mid-Sussex: 01444 472670

Evenings - 5.00pm-8.00pm, Monday-Friday

In a crisis or emergency contact the Urgent Help Service:

  • Duty mobile - 07788 564997

Weekends and bank holidays - 10.00am-6.00pm

In a crisis or emergency contact the Urgent Help Service:

  • Duty mobile - 07788 564997 

Out of hours - 8.00pm-9.00am

Contact the on-call CAMHS consultant psychiatrist for advice and support via the Princess Royal Hospital Switchboard:

  • 01444 441881

Further information

4 Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the referral route for all children and young people aged 0-18 who require support. If are worried about a family, or simply wish to raise concerns, please complete the form below.

If you consider your concerns as high level, we would rather you call us on 01403 229900. However, you can complete the request for support form if that is your preference.

Request for support form (Word, 115KB)

The MASH will give guidance and work with you to identify the right level of help needed to keep each child safe, or achieve change for an early help response. Multi-agency information sharing and decision making ensures appropriate support is accessed at the earliest opportunity.

The MASH can provide intervention and support for parents, their children and parents-to-be, where their needs are not being met by routine or 'universal' services, or they do not meet thresholds for statutory intervention.

Further information is available on our Early Help pages.

Last updated:
8 March 2018

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