Bolton CAMHS

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

Outward 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.