Starfish Learning Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Starfish LD CAMHS) offer assessments and interventions to children/young people who have a diagnosed learning disability where there are concerns about their mental health and/or behaviours of distress.
Who we care for
Starfish offers a service to children and young people from the time they start school until the age of 18 years old. At the point of referral Starfish will need evidence of a diagnosis learning disability AND information about the reason for the referral. For example concerns about mental health, emotional needs and/or concerns about behaviours of distress and that this is having a significant impact on their everyday life. Starfish does need evidence that the child has a learning disability and the team will look for this information in different ways. We may ask for more information to help ensure Starfish LD CAMHS is the right service for the child or young person.
The team has a range of different offers that are tailored according to the child or young person’s needs. This could include offering consultation to others, working directly with the child or young person and working with their family or others who support and care for them. The aim of the intervention is to understand what is happening for the child or young person and to find ways to enable them to achieve their best health and wellbeing.
A Starfish LD CAMHS consultation line is available for parents/carers and professionals in need of assistance, please contact us using the telephone number below for more information.
Referrals to Starfish LD CAMHS will be accepted for children/young people provided they are:
- Aged from school entry to 18 years old with a mild, moderate or severe learning disability and experiencing mental health difficulties and/or behaviours of distress that are impacting their life
- Registered with a Norfolk GP
Starfish LD CAMHS accept self-referrals and referrals from all agencies e.g. GP, social care, voluntary sector.
Referral to Starfish LD CAMHS is made via Single Point of Referral form (SPOR). You will need to ensure you clearly mark Starfish as the service required. The information that is included in this form is what helps Starfish to make decisions. Please do give as much information as you can to help the team understand the need and what is being asked for.
It is also important for the parent/carer to consent to the referral; they would need to sign the referral form.
Please ensure that alongside the SPOR form you send evidence that the child/young person has a diagnosed learning disability, together with any educational psychology report that may have been undertaken and evidence of school attainment levels.
Starfish also offers a consultation line. This is a telephone number which you can call to discuss any concerns, describe areas in which you would like help and discuss this with a clinical staff member.
The telephone number is 01603 272319. The line is open daily 0900 – 1600, offering support to families, carers and professionals.
For more information please contact
Norwich Community Hospital, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, NR2 3TU
Tel: 01603 272319 (unmanned line, message facility available – our aim is to respond to callers within 2-3 working days).
Starfish Plus is an intensive therapeutic service for children and young people with learning disabilities. Starfish Plus works with children and young people with learning disabilities when there is a high level of concern about their mental health and/or behaviours of distress.
Children and young people would be cared for by Starfish Plus when:
- there is a risk that they may not be able to continue to live at home (because of the concerns about mental health and/or behaviours of distress);
- when they might be at risk of being detained under the mental health act
- or when they might be at risk of no longer being able to stay at their usual school
- when the therapeutic intervention needs to be multi disciplinary and intensive
Referrals into Starfish Plus are made via a conversation with a team member. You can ask for this by emailing Starfishplus@nchc.nhs.uk
Starfish and Starfish Plus work closely together to ensure each child and young person is supported in the best way.