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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Learning Disability Community Service in East and West Suffolk

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We provide support to children and young people under 25 years old, who have a learning disability and mental illness, or have a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, and are high risk to themself or others.​

The conditions we treat

Mental illness and complex neurodevelopmental disorders with high risky behaviour to themselves.​

What to expect from us

You can expect a specialist assessment of your mental health. We make suggestions as to how we can help you, or whether there are other services that could offer the best support. Part of your assessment includes assessment of your physical health and other social, educational and environmental factors that may be affecting you. It includes working with you and those who know you well to identify any aspects that may make you unsafe or feel unsafe. You and they are involved at each step of your assessment, treatment and intervention plan to ensure you have the help needed towards your recovery.

How we support carers, including friends and family

We work with your family and carer across home, work, school, and community settings, if required. Support includes training, advice, information and education about your condition from the perspective of your mental health, in addition to signposting to other services.​

Please note this service maybe subject to change.

Who to contact

For enquiries, call 01473 237055
Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Where to go

Suffolk Learning Disability Service (CAMHS) Main Office address
Mariner House, 43
Handford Road
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Area served
Ipswich, East Suffolk, West Suffolk

Days & Times

Time of day
Session Information
Our service is available weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

Other details

Cost Details
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

Referrals to access this service can be made through the Emotional Wellbeing Hub. Referrals will be supported by the person’s GP or Community Paediatrician. They will provide evidence that the person meets our eligibility criteria.  

Referrals are triaged upon receipt and a specialist assessment date is booked by individual needs.  

To be eligible for referral to this service the person must be under 18 years of age and:  

  • Have a severe to moderate Learning Disability

  • Have mental health and, or complex neurodevelopmental disorders

  • Have high risk challenging behaviours.   

Children and young people who have a mild learning disability will be helped to access generic mental health services.  

Eligible children and young people will be attending or are able to attend special school and be registered with a GP in Suffolk.  

Referrals accepted to the service will have evidence of outcomes from the least intrusive/restrictive support and interventions from other health, social care (Children and Young People) and education providers.  

This service is not for children and young people who have not been diagnosed with a learning disability or who have a stand-alone diagnosis of ASD or any other neurodevelopmental disorder.  

People already being treated by our service should call the duty worker at their local Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) in office hours.​

Age Groups
16-25 years, Children (5-11), Young people
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Local Offer

Local Offer
Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

We provide support to children and young people under 25 years old, who have a learning disability and mental illness with high risk behaviour to yourself or others.​ You must be referred to our service by a professional.

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