Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service


Islington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides a mental health assessment and treatment service for children and young people aged 0-18 in Islington. It also provides assessment of neurodevelopmental conditions for children and young people aged 5-18.

The service offers 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 a variety of presentations in schools, children’s centres and within partner agencies.

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.

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

If you think a child or young person is in crisis and needs same-day CAMHS input, call the NCL CAMHS senior on-call advice line on 020 3758 2056. This is staffed from 9am-midnight, seven days a week (access for professionals only). 

This may avoid an unnecessary long wait in A&E as some cases can be seen in a CAMHS crisis hub or managed remotely by their crisis team. 

There is also a patient access CAMHS crisis line: 0800 151 0023

Eligibility Criteria


  • aged 0-18 and registered with an Islington GP
  • children and young people attending an Islington school or children’s centre can access the CAMHS clinician based within their school and/or children’s centre.

How to Refer

Islington SEMH Central Point of Access

Call the Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) central point of access to refer a patient (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

NCL CAMHS Crisis Line

Out of hours (5pm-midnight, Monday to Friday and 9am-midnight Saturday and Sunday), call the NCL CAMHS Crisis Line.

Please note: This line is for professionals only.

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

Complete the Social, Emotional and Mental Health Request for Service Form - Paediatric and send it to e: or call the numbers above.

Where to find the form

ISL Global Documents > Paediatric folder


Patients and their families can self-refer can by calling the number above (SEMH central point of access, available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday), or by completing the online form.

The NCL CAMHS Crisis Line for young people experiencing a mental health crisis (and those caring for them) line operates 24/7 and can be contacted via t: 080 0151 0023

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


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Review date: Thursday, 01 August 2024