Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Bolton CAMHS services transfered to Greater Manchester Mental Health, in partnership with North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust on 3 April 2018.

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. We are a service offering help for children and young people, usually between the ages of five and 18 who live in Bolton.

We work with children and young people to help them cope when they are having problems relating to how they feel, how they think about things and sometimes how they behave.

The team in CAMHS works with GPs, hospitals and other professionals, such as teachers, to assess, treat and support young people and children, and their parents or carers.

Who do we help?

Children's behaviour changes as they grow and develop. Understanding this, but at the same time noticing when these behaviours become a concern, can be difficult, particularly as children can find it hard to speak to the people that are closest to them. This is often because they don’t want to worry or upset them.

Examples of changes in behaviour might include:

outward behaviour, such as:

  • falling behind at school or college
  • refusal to go to school or college
  • bedwetting
  • having nightmares
  • poor concentration
  • eating difficulties
  • not mixing with friends.

being more:

  • aggressive
  • disruptive
  • challenging.

inward behaviour, such as:

  • being quieter
  • being uncommunicative
  • being anxious
  • being depressed
  • having fears and phobias.

If you start to feel concerned about your child’s behaviour and feel that their difficulties are getting in the way of their lives then start by talking to your child’s doctor, school nurse, or their social worker (if they have one).  They can help you to decide if your child might need extra help.  If they think CAMHS are the best people to help, then they will ask for us to see you and your child. 

What do we offer?

Once a referral is accepted the Single Point of Access Team (SPOA) team at CAMHS will do an assessment to decide on the best treatment to follow.

We offer assessment and treatment in a range of services to help children and young people overcome problems such as: 

  • assessment of mental health and risk
  • emotional difficulties, such as anxiety and depression
  • severe conduct/behaviour difficulties
  • ADHD
  • difficulties in social functioning, including assessment for autistic spectrum
  • deliberate self-harm
  • mood disturbance
  • developmental difficulties
  • psychosis
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • attachment difficulties
  • emotional and mental health difficulties in young people with learning difficulties.
  • look after child consultations

Our Team

The team at CAMHS are organised to support multi-disciplinary pathways.  Children, young people and families may see more than one team member, or be seen by more than one pathway team depending on their problems.

 Team members include:

  • mental health nurses
  • child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • clinical psychologists
  • family therapists
  • cognitive behaviour therapists
  • CAMHS Practitioners
  • health care assistants
  • admin staff
  • participation lead

Most children and young people will initially be seen by a member of our Single Point of Access Team so that we can find out the support that is needed. If further support is needed they will then be assigned to a CAMHS practitioner within either the Early Intervention or Intervention and Recovery Pathways. This person will then be their main point of contact and support whilst with CAMHS.  This person will also liaise with other agencies as required.

We also support a number of students, trainee therapists and doctors in training.

Who do we accept referrals from?

Bolton CAMHS only accepts referrals by post or email.

Bolton CAMHS is not an Early Help Service; therefore CAMHS do not accept the early help form as a source of referral.

Direct referrals will be accepted from (via post or email)

  • General Practitioner
  • School Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Consultant Paediatrician
  • Other CAMHS services

We consider referrals from:

  • Learning Disability Nursing*
  • Educational Psychologist*
  • Behavioural Support Team* (including independent equivalents e.g. Aspire)
  • Ladywood Outreach Team*
  • Occupational Therapist*
  • Health Visitors*
  • Speech and Language Therapists*
  •  Please note schools are not a recognised referring agency to CAMHS.


Useful Links

As well as advice, information and support many of these websites also offer guidance and resources about self-help.

Although we have listed high quality, reputable websites as these are all external websites the Trust can take no responsibility for their accuracy and content.

The Hide Out
Offers support to help children and young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you. It also provides a helpline for parents.

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service. Provides information and resources about ADHD for parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.

ADHD and You
An easy to use website offering advice, tips and free tools for all those affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  For young people, parents, carers and professionals. It includes some resources for parents and you can email in questions.

Designed for young people by young people to support you after the death of someone close.

Winston’s Wish
The childhood bereavement charity offering practical support and guidance to families, young people, professionals, and anyone concerned about a grieving child or trying to cope with the death of someone close.

If you’re being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and you’re not sure what to do or who to talk to, then BeatBullying has trained young people that are mentors to listen and support you.

Talk to Frank
An organisation dedicated to raising awareness of drug problems and providing information on drugs to those looking for answers.  It also provides advice to parents.

Al-Anon family groups hold regular meetings where members share their experiences of living with alcoholism.  It does not offer advice or counselling but members give each other understanding and support.

Beat provides a helpline, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders. It also gives information about how to help someone you know with an eating disorder. 

Bodywhys is a voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders.  It offers a helpline, email support and on-line support groups.

A national charity, working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  It offers information, support, advice with advice lines and resources.

eing gay is okay (BGIOK) provides information and advice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and unsure young people under 25. 

When I Worry About Things
A collection of animated films exploring mental health issues from a young persons perspective.

Take Action: A Young Person's Guide                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A young person's guide to thoughts, feelings and positive mental health.



Support for Parents and Carers

There are also services and websites aimed at supporting parents and carers.  You may find these useful:

  • The YoungMinds parents’ helpline offers free confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.

  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists has a directory of helplines and support for parents or carers on a wide range of emotional, behaviour or mental health concerns.

Bolton CAMHS videos

Take Action - A young person's guide to thoughts, feelings and positive mental health

Taking care of your mental health is just as important of taking care of your physical health.

This book gives lots of useful advise to young people and their parents/carers on how to achieve positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.


Contact Us

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Royal Bolton Hospital
Minerva Road

Tel: 01204 483222


Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

Make a referral

For full details about referral criteria please click here.

We accept referrals by email or post –

 Download the CAMHS referral form here [docx] 41KB


CAMHS Referral Advice Telephone Consultation Service for Professionals
Tel: 01204 483222

This service is for GP's, school nurses, behaviour support staff, Social Services and Educational Psychology services.

Consultation line opening times: Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays), 1pm – 2pm

Your information and how we use it

For details about the personal information which we hold, how we use and share it and how you may gain access to it, click here.

Read our guide to how and why we collect and store your information here.