Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Eating Disorder Service

Information for family and friends

What to expect in the family assessment

The assessment takes place over one morning or one afternoon and we invite the whole family to attend including siblings.  At the initial meeting (usually an hour and a half), we will ask about your current concerns (particularly in relation to your child’s eating), and your child’s concerns, how these concerns developed, the family structure, your child’s development and current functioning in everyday activities, as well as any other mental health concerns,

Initial appointments are usually carried out by two clinicians, so there will be an opportunity for you and your child to be seen separately.

The appointment will include an assessment of your child’s physical health. This involves measuring height, weight, blood pressure, muscle strength, how well hydrated they are and other aspects of their physical health as relevant.  We will also discuss what you and your child would like to be different and how our service could help you towards these goals.

You will then have a break whilst the team meets to discuss the assessment and consider what treatment can be offered. Our multi-disciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, paediatricians, psychologists, family therapists, dieticians and nurses. We will then meet with you again for 30-45 minutes to feedback our assessment and to develop and agree a treatment plan.  Our aim is that at the end of the assessment you and your child will have a clear understanding of the nature of the problem, be given clear information and a treatment plan to take home.

Last updated: 12 March, 2019