Useful Links

What is CAMHS?

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. It was previously known as CAFTS (Child and Family Therapy Service).

Specialist CAMHS consists of mental health professionals working together in a multi-disciplinary team to help children, young people and parents to understand and deal with child and adolescent mental health difficulties. We generally do this by talking with children and their families in different ways about change although this can sometimes involve the use of medication.

Specialist CAMHS in North Derbyshire consists of the following services:

  • Primary Mental Health Service (based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and New Spring House, Buxton)
  • Core (or Tier 3) CAMHS (based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and NewSpring House, Buxton)
  • Learning Disability (LD) CAMHS (based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital)
  • Base 3 (based at 86 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1LG)
  • Young Person’s Outreach Service (based at The Old Courthouse, Shentall Gardens, West Bars, Chesterfield, S40 1BA)

For more information please see the Chesterfield Royal Hospital website on CAMHS.

To view LD CAMHS Information Sessions for Parent/Carers of Children/Young People with Moderate or Severe Learning Disabilities, please see the document below.

Contact a Family

This is a national charity for families with disabled children. They provide information, advice and support. They bring families together so they can support each other. They campaign to improve their circumstances and for their right to be included and equal in society. More information can be found on their website: Contact a Family.

To view the e-bulletins from Contact a Family, please see below.

Parenting Additional Needs (PAN)

PAN is a friendly and welcoming support group based in Derbyshire for parents and carers of children with additional needs. They currently hold monthly support meetings in several Derbyshire locations.

For more information about PAN please see their website: Parenting Additional Needs.

Parent Info

This is a new service that aims to deliver information on a whole range of parenting themes, the emphasis being on helping parents and carers develop their children's resilience to the risks and pressures they face in today's world.

For more information, please look at their website: Parent Info.

Online Safety

Visit our Online Safety area for further advice about internet safety and staying safe online.

National Autistic Society

Going on holiday? Please see the document below to help families and carers when there is a change in routine.

Gallery Guardian - The app that gives you peace of mind by helping protect your child against inappropriate images.

Our children are growing up in an interconnected world with new technologies and apps that allow them to interact in ever-changing ways. For many parents/carers, it is a struggle to stay abreast of all these changes and effectively protect/monitor our children. Moreover, reports are surfacing at an alarming rate of children sharing inappropriate pictures and the resulting consequences such as bullying and in extreme cases - child suicide! In almost every instance, the parents were not aware until it was too late!!

For more information on how to download the app, please see the Gallery Guardian website here.