OSCA stands for Outreach Service for Children & Adolescents.

The team has three main roles:  to provide Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), to see young people who may need a more flexible approach to treatment, and to support young people during and after an emergency assessment.  We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We aim to support and engage children, young people and their families, with complex needs by means of individualised home and community treatment. The age group for this service is between 11 and 18 years old.

We aim to:

  • reduce frequency, length and number of admissions to inpatient care
  • help sustain family relationships
  • work to improve independence and daily living skills of young people
  • support young people access education, employment and meaningful daily activities
  • support families in coping and managing young people with mental illness/health issues
  • support young people and families through education and identification of relapse and crisis signature work
  • provide opportunities to increase physical as well as mental wellbeing of young people.


Page last reviewed: 14 February, 2019