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Targeted Mental Health Service

What do we offer?

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The Targeted Mental Health Service (TaMHS) is part of the Integrated Locality Service for Children and Young People, aged between 0 – 18 years and their families.

All schools, colleges, and Early Years settings (EYFS) can purchase the service. TaMHS aims to ensure that the emotional and mental health needs of children and young people are appropriately dealt with at the earliest opportunity.

We are the single point of access for requests for specialist mental health intervention (i.e. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). We liaise with other agencies and work closely with both statutory and non-statutory services.

TaMHS will offer short-term interventions tailored to meet the needs of each child, young person and family. We work on an individual basis, with groups or with families, using evidence-based interventions such as Solution Focused Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. We aim to work in settings that are easily accessible and familiar to children and families, such as schools, EYFS and homes. 

Schools and settings can buy in bespoke training packages, additional consultancy for school staff or parents, clinical supervision and group interventions based on a nurture group model such as Rainbow Groups and Go-Zone groups, one to one work for children, young people and their families. 

Schools can also purchase the Family Links 10 week Nurture Programme and 4 week Talking Teens for your school's parents.  

Continuing for 2020-21:  

Clinical Supervision for School Staff 

All of our Clinical Practitioners are qualified to deliver Clinical supervision; this is particularly useful for Head teachers, SENCOs, child protection leads and Pastoral staff and is an effective tool in safeguarding children and young people. It is an activity where organisational, professional and personal issues can be addressed in a safe, confidential space enabling the individual to feel listened to and valued. It will enable the staff to work through difficult situations with children and their families, assisting with identifying solutions. It will also impact positively on the school staff's emotional wellbeing, in turn reducing stress and sickness levels.

Family Links Programme

Co-facilitation of the Family Links 10 week Nurture Programme and 4 week Talking Teens for schools. 

Why choose us?  

All of our TaMHS Clinical Practitioners hold a professional qualification eg: Registered mental health nurses, general nurses or children’s nurses or social workers. They all have extensive experience of working in a CaMHS setting with children and young people with mental health difficulties.

The TaMHS Outreach workers also have a range of knowledge and experience and have been trained in evidence based models of delivery. All our work is evaluated pre and post intervention, using assessment tools (e.g. SDQs), providing evidence of outcomes. Our service has also been highlighted as a positive benefit to pupils in Ofsted reports.

What is provided free?

This is a wholly traded service - there is no free element. 

What is chargeable?

There is a charge for this service, to all settings. 

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

This service will be delivered from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021.

The service can be tailored to meet specific identified needs and outcomes required of each setting.  

Schools, academies and settings are requested to commit to purchasing a number of days to be delivered during the academic year. 


Contact Point

Danielle Kemp, Senior Clinical Practitioner
Telephone:  07557 541769