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Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS)
Lake House
20 Manor Court
Scarborough Business Park
Scarbrough, YO11 3TU

Tel number: 01723 346000
Fax number: 01723 582264
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About the service

The Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) team work with other agencies including schools, youth services and children's centres in the area to support and help children, young people and their families. 

The team aims to offer the best service to the child or young person and their family.  We promote and support the individual to: 

  • Have good mental health
  • Be supported in their recovery from mental health problems
  • Be supported and enjoy better physical health
  • Have a good and positive experience of the care and support they receive
  • Feel able to use the service without others judging and commenting.

Treatment and therapies

The CAMHS team has a range of different professionals offering various therapies for problems and difficulties following assessment. 

There are people trained to use cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) which looks at how people’s thoughts affect their mood and therefore their behaviour. 

Family therapists work together with nearest family members and young people, particularly when a problem seems to be affecting everyone. In this way they can help everyone develop a shared understanding of the problem and it’s not just the young person’s problem.   

Young people with more enduring problems may need to see a consultant psychiatrist for medication. 

Clinicians who are trained in other therapeutic approaches, who can work individually with young people to help them understand their problems from a developmental and relationship point of view. 

Group work is delivered in small groups to encourage social and emotional wellbeing. 

The team mainly work with children and young people often using methods more suited to them, such as play and art to do the therapy, as they might not be too comfortable just talking to a therapist. 

How are people assessed?

Once it has been agreed that CAMHS is the most appropriate service to help someone with their problems, the team will agree an appointment to see the child or young person and sometimes members of their family within 4 weeks to fully assess their problems. 

A member or members of the team will meet with the individual for about an hour, either locally to their home or at the team's base in Lake House.

All individuals will be asked to give their consent for the service to share some information, if they agree it is appropriate. All the information shared with the team will be recorded on our electronic care record system called PARIS. 

The service will also use questionnaires with the individual to get their opinion of sessions, to measure how the team are doing.

When we’ve completed an assessment, which can sometimes take more than one session, the team will be able to plan how to treat the problems described. 

The child or young person and sometimes their family will be offered a suitable evidenced based therapy, which they will plan along with their key worker

Who's in your care team

These people may make up your care team

  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Associate specialist
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Mental health nurses
  • Team manager
  • Social workers
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Children’s nurse
  • Family therapists
  • Administrative staff.

How to access the service 

The service offers a self-referral process with parental consent.

We also take referrals from other professionals, such as school sencos, social workers, youth workers, GPs and paediatricians (which are known as universal services). Mostly this happens after a professional has heard about an individual's problems and thinks the service could help. They usually send the team a letter or telephone and the referral is discussed in the team's daily referral meetings.

How to find us

The interior of Lake House (named after nearby Burton Riggs), has been especially designed to create a therapeutic environment for children, adolescents and families. Lake House offers improved clinical rooms for assessment/ therapy. Additionally, as all clinical rooms are downstairs, there are no issues regarding access to services.

Getting to Lake House by car:

If travelling from Scarborough, head south on the A64. Turn left at the Morrisons roundabout and continue on until you reach a set of traffic lights. Go straight ahead at the lights and at a roundabout turn right. Take the next left, then right and Lake House is the first on the right as you enter the business park.

If travelling from south of Scarborough, follow the signposts for Scarborough A64. Turn right at the Morrisons roundabout and follow the directions as above.

There is ample parking at Lake House.

Getting to Lake House by bus:

The nearest bus stop is on Dunslow Road near to Morrisons Supermarket.

If travelling from Scarborough you could take the 118 bus. From the bus stop it is just under 10 minutes walk to Lake House.

Alternatively, a more frequent service is the 7 or 17 bus, with the closest stop on Cayton Low Road, followed by about a 15 minute walk.

A young person's guide to CAMHS

Find out more about what you can expect from our CAMHS service.

Short film

Watch a short film created by some of our service users and staff about what you can expect from us.