Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service


An NCL Pathway for Mental Health Crisis in Young People is in use for young people presenting in Mental Health Crisis (with or without physical health needs) across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, including the acute trusts within NCL. This will replace existing crisis arrangements and should be used until further notice. 

Two crisis hubs have been set up, at the Northern Health Centre and Holly Oak, Edgware Community Hospital. Young people presenting at hospital emergency departments, who don’t require additional urgent medical attention, will be diverted to these hubs.

Children and young people living in NCL and aged up to 18, or anyone caring for them, can access the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) crisis line 24/7 for urgent mental health support or advice.
t: 0800 151 0023

During normal working hours (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday): please continue to contact Islington CAMHS intake team in the first instance, not the CAMHS Crisis Team.

Outside those hours (5pm-midnight, Monday to Friday and 9am-midnight Saturday and Sunday): contact the new NCL crisis team.

t: 020 3758 2056 (Please note: this contact line is for professionals only and not for families/children and young people)

Families/children and young people can contact their CAMHS services or clinician directly.

They can also self-refer to Islington social, emotional and mental health services through the Central Point of Access:
t: 020 7527 3355 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

Service description

Islington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides a mental health (and neuro developmental) assessment and treatment service for children and young people in Islington. The service provides specialist assessments and interventions for young people with moderate-to-severe and enduring mental health needs alongside community-based teams offering a range of targeted services for children across the age range and with variety of presentations in schools, children’s centres and within partner agencies. 

Eligibility Criteria


  • Children and young people aged from birth to 18 years and their families.
  • Must be registered with an Islington GP

Exception: Young people attending an Islington school or children’s centre can access their CAMHS clinician based within their schools and/or children’s centre.

How to Refer

EMIS form

Referral methods: EMIS managed referral

Please complete a request for service form on EMIS or call the SEMH central point of access.
t: 020 7527 7400 / 020 7527 3355 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)

A referral form can be found in ISL EMIS under
ISL global documents > Paediatric > Social, Emotional and Mental Health Request for Service Form - Paediatric


Islington CAMHS also accepts referrals from young people, parents and carers.

Referrals can be made by calling the Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) central point of access (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) or by completing the online form.

The NCL Crisis Line for young people experiencing a mental health crisis (and those caring for them) line operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year t: 080 0151 0023

CAMHS Access can be accessed via t: 020 8702 3400 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Review date: Saturday, 22 April 2023