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Primary Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

This is the first level of help we offer for children and young people with emotional or mental health difficulties.

PCAMHS (sometimes referred to as ‘Tier 2’)  usually sees children and young people up to six times. 

You would normally work with one main mental health worker, who will often have a background in nursing, social work, or occupational therapy.

PCAMHS offer children and young people opportunities to learn new skills to better manage any issues, and it also supports parents and carers.

PCAMHS treat children and young people at the early onset of emotional and mental health difficulties.  We might be able to help a child or young person if they are worried about their mental or emotional wellbeing.  There are many things which may affect a child or young person day to day – a few examples include:

  • fear of any particular situation or object which stops them doing things they enjoy
  • feeling very anxious or worried
  • feeling very sad or down
  • feeling they have to complete certain routines otherwise they feel upset
  • becoming angry easily, which affects their mood
  • harming or thinking of harming themself

PCAMHS also offers a consultation service for professionals in Oxfordshire; please call 01865 902515, between 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. This telephone service offers:

  • access to immediate advice and consultation on children’s mental and emotional health
  • information on other relevant agencies
  • confidential advice
  • the opportunity to think through different strategies with children and families
  • help linking together services for children
  • help accessing specialist services


Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

CAMHS (sometimes referred to as ‘Tier 3’) works with children and young people who may need help over a longer period of time, and/or who need more professionals to be involved.

This could be because of something significant which has happened in their life, or just because more help is needed.

It’s different for everyone, and we try to treat everyone as an individual.

CAMHS will also treat children or young people in an emergency if they need help for a serious mental illness, like if they are feeling very low and have been thinking about harming themselves.

CAMHS supports parents and carers too.

We offer evidence-based treatment, which means that the treatment has been tested to make sure that it works. 

You might seen individually, with a family member or in a group with other young people who have similar difficulties: we will ask you what you  prefer.

Find out more in our CAMHS leaflet.

Get in touch

See our referrals page for how you can access this service. 

Or see below for our list of offices: 

North Oxfordshire
01865 904105
Orchard Health Centre, Cope Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire  OX16 2EZ

Central Oxfordshire
01865 902720
Raglan House, 23 Between Towns Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 3LX

South Oxfordshire
01865 904700
The Clockhouse,  22-26 Ock Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 5SW

Last updated: 12 March, 2018