The referral process

Today, there is an increased need for support of the emotional health and well-being of children and young people in care. Providers such as Child and Mental Health Services are often oversubscribed and understaffed, creating a barrier to accessing desperately needed help.

We strongly believe that children possess resilience. Every child has built and developed behavioural and emotional responses which have enabled them to prosper and survive, often in extremely harsh environments (Reconstruct, 2016). Usually, providing high-quality care that is consistent, nurturing and boundaried can support the notion of turning a child’s life around. However, we are conscious that every child will react differently following maltreatment and neglect, and the support that each needs may vary.

At Five Rivers, we are harnessing the expertise of our psychologically and psychotherapeutically informed practitioners, together with the resources of our affiliate network, to be able to provide a service that is focused on meeting these needs.

There are two ways of referring into the Five Rivers Assessment & Therapy service. The first is an internal pathway, with referrals received for those already in one of the care services at Five Rivers. Secondly, there’s an external pathway for those outside the organisation, but also for young people within Five Rivers who may need therapeutic support which is not commissioned at the start of their placement.

It is important to note that this service is not a crisis intervention support team. If your referral is crisis-related and/or someone could be at risk, please access the necessary statutory supports in your local area.

Crisis support services can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Crisis%20support/LocationSearch/329.

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