Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Eating Disorder Service

Information for family and friends

Parent/Carer Support

Parents/carers are a crucial part of the recovery process of the young person. We aim to support you as much as possible in your role. This will be in different ways:

Family-based treatment

This is the core treatment in helping young people to recover.  You will be involved very closely in plans to assist your child in establishing normal eating and gaining weight appropriately.

Parent work

We will also offer time for you as parents on your own to discuss any concerns and receive support.

Multi-family therapy

Multi-family therapy is an evidenced based approach in which 4-6 families come together for a 4-day workshop to enhance the recovery process.

Parent group

On the third Monday of every month at 5.15pm – 6.30pm there is a parent group to help parents increase their understanding of eating disorders and how to manage and to develop skills in a friendly and supportive setting.

Carer's workshop

This is a one-day workshop aiming to enhance your understanding and increase your skills in helping your young person to recover. This workshop is run 3 times a year jointly with the Adult Eating Disorder Service at Cumnor Methodist Hall, Cumnor Village.

Systemic family therapy

If there is a need to talk about family relationship issues you may be offered  family therapy sessions with our family therapist.

Last updated: 21 May, 2019

Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are not allowing visitors to any of our hospital or inpatient sites in order to protect our patients and staff who care for them from the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.