Targeted mental health services

The Targeted Mental Health Service (TaMHS) aims to support the emotional wellbeing of children and young people by ensuring that their mental health needs are addressed and appropriately dealt with, at the earliest possible opportunity.

This service is one of a range of integrated childcare support services that ensure all-round, comprehensive care for the child or young person. 

Who the service is for

This service is for children and young people and their families where the child or young person is:

  • aged from 0 to 19 years
  • in full-time education 

Who can request this service

This service can only be accessed by childcare practitioners and professionals who can refer a child or young person for assessment.

Members of the public are not able to apply for this service directly. However, if you are concerned about the mental health and well-being of your child, you should discuss your concerns in the first instance with an appropriate childcare practitioner or professional, such as:

  • your GP, paediatrician or other medical advisor
  • a social worker
  • a health visitor
  • a member of staff at the children's centre, school or college that your child attends
  • a parent support advisor
  • an educational welfare officer 

Any concern about the mental health and well-being of a child or young person is relevant. However, you should certainly discuss your concerns with the professional or childcare practitioner if you suspect that the child is suffering from:

  • undue anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • bereavement stress or anxiety
  • depression
  • self-harming
  • psychosis (hearing voices within their mind)

The professional will assess the situation and, where necessary and appropriate, refer the child or young person to us.   

How to access the service

A childcare practitioner or professional may make a referral to this service by completing a Single point of access referral form (docx).

When completed, the form should be sent to

You can phone TaMHS at the Salt Way Centre on 01793 463177 for a consultation, if required.

When we receive a referral from a childcare practitioner or professional, we perform an initial assessment to decide whether or not the TaMHS service is appropriate. We will arrange an assessment appointment to do this.

If the service is not appropriate, we may refer your child to other services, such as:

  • CaMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Learning disability CaMHS
  • On Trak, face to face youth counselling service for young people aged more than 14
  • Kooth, an online counselling service for young people aged 10 to 18 


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