From 30 September 2019 there will be a central point of access, based at 222 Upper Street, for social, emotional and mental health services for children and young people.
This will enable greater access to, and choice of, support whilst helping to reduce waiting times. The move follows an extensive period of engagement and collaboration with local young people, families and local partners about how children and young people can get the support they need more quickly.
What will this mean for referrals?
All referrals into the central point of access will first receive safeguarding screening by the Children's Services Contact Team, before being passed on to the most appropriate service as identified by a multi-agency intake team.
Social, emotional and mental health services offered include:
- emotional wellbeing services including Barnardo’s, The Brandon Centre, Targeted Youth Support Counselling service and the Isledon Wellbeing service
- child and adolescent mental health services
- early help services including Bright Start, Families First, Islington Families Intensive Team, Adolescent Multi-Agency Support Service and Targeted Youth Support
- social prescribing including third sector services and digital services such as online counselling
- social care
How can I make a referral?
If you are worried about a child or young person, you can make a referral for social, emotional and mental health support by completing the online referral form on the Islington Council website or by calling the central point of access
020 7527 3355
Please note that direct referral pathways for schools and children centres to child and adolescent mental health services remain in place.
For more information on Islington’s mental health services for children and young people, please click here.