Our Children and Families Services

Our range of services for children and families promote a healthy start to life and provide health care services that they might need as they grow that are responsive to the changing needs of young people and their families. We work very closely with other organisations such as the County Council to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our children and their families.

Here are the children and families services we provide:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) -provide triage, assessment, onward referral and/or treatment for children and young people up to 18 years old (and their families) who are showing signs of mental health difficulties or have a mental health diagnosis. The Tier 3 CAMHS team members include a range of mental health professionals and specialists who are trained and experienced in working with young people and their families.

Children's Audiology Services - the Community Paediatric Audiology team is open to any child aged 0 - 19 years where there are concerns or doubts about hearing.. The service also provides surveillance for children with permanent hearing impairments and for those children with temporary, conductive problems. The tests performed depend on the age and ability of the child and take place within community clinics.

Children's Community Learning Disability Service - these teams provide a county-wide service from four bases:  Carlisle, Workington, Barrow and a satellite office in Kendal. They work with children and young people who have a global learning disability.

Children's Community Nursing - This team provides a home nursing service to children and young people aged 0-18 years old with long term conditions, including learning disability/autistic spectrum disorder, physical disability, sensory impairment, highly complex conditions and palliative care. The team also provides specialist continence advice and support for those requiring short or long term help with toileting.

Children's Community Paediatrics - This team of doctors specialise in treating children and young people aged 0-to-18 years old outside hospital.

Child Development Services - provide services for children aged 0-18 years old with learning disability/autistic spectrum disorder, physical disability and sensory impairment. The team works with children, young people and their families to reduce the negative impact of medical conditions, developmental delay or disability on their daily life.

Children Looked After – this team provides health coordination for children who are Looked After [in care] by the local authority. They make sure that the children’s health needs are fully assessed and care plans in place to keep them healthy. This is for children in care in Cumbria and thos placed in other local authorities too. 

Children's Therapy - The Children’s Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists are all part of one county wide integrated Therapy Team, managed in 3 county localities; East, West and South Cumbria.

Health Visiting - Health visitors carry out work as part of the Health Child Programme (HCP). The HCP is a Department of Health programme aimed at maximising the health and wellbeing of every child, from before they are born to starting school. Health visitors work with families requiring a universal service and will visit families predominantly in their own homes, but also offer services from other venues such as children’s centres and local clinics. 

Public Health and Wellbeing Nurses – Work with schools to identify and implement health and wellbeing plans, with a particular focus on emotional wellbeing, mental health and healthy weight. Schools will be assigned a Public Health and Wellbeing Nurse who will be their key contact for health related matters.

Strengthening Families - Senior practitioners within this team provide a holistic health service to families including parents/carers and children and young people aged pre-birth to 18 ) who require additional support. Senior practitioner’s will provide this service predominantly from families homes, but will also offer services for children’s centres and local clinics. 

TB Nursing Service - This team provides support for patients with tuberculosis and carries out vital contact tracing for those who have been in close contact with TB patients in case they also need treatment. The nurses provide advice for patients, relatives, work colleagues and other professionals on all aspects of TB care and treatment


Police, teenagers and YouTube sensation join forces to warn about ‘sexting’ dangers

Police, teenagers and YouTube sensation join forces to warn about ‘sexting’ dangers

Cumbria Police have teamed up Carlisle College to warn young people of the dangers of ‘sexting’.

Changes to public health services for children in Cumbria

Changes to public health services for children in Cumbria

The provision of public health services for children in Cumbria between the ages of 0-19 is changing from the 1st April 2017.

Specialist Breastfeeding Health Visitors have been nationally recognised for their work

From Our Children & Families Team Specialist Breastfeeding Health Visitors have been nationally recognised for their work

Specialist Breastfeeding Health Visitors for CPFT have been recognised by a leading international children's charity.

ChatHealth proves a success with young people in Cumbria

From Our Children & Families Team ChatHealth proves a success with young people in Cumbria

Young people accross the county are benfitting from texting their School Nurse for support

A Children’s Community Nurse has been nationally recognised

A Children’s Community Nurse has been nationally recognised

Andrew Kelly was shortlisted for his help with launching a new electronic patient information system

Summer support for students

Summer support for students

Young people can text for support over the summer

Trust supports children through eye gaze club

Trust supports children through eye gaze club

Children with speech, language and physical difficulties are being supported by therapists to help them communicate better using their eyes.

Using Disney as a therapy technique

Using Disney as a therapy technique

Disney characters used as a technique to help children express their feelings.

Weston’s Welcome

From Our Children & Families Team Weston’s Welcome

A ten year old from Allithwaite near Grange over Sands has won a competition to design the logo of the Children’s Services she uses

Police urge young people to ‘say something if they see something’

Police urge young people to ‘say something if they see something’

Cumbria Constabulary has launched a campaign urging young people in Cumbria to ‘say something if they see something’

Children’s team receive garden donations

From Our Community Health Team Children’s team receive garden donations

Staff from the Springboard Child Development Centre in Carlisle have received over £100 worth of gardening items

OFSTED inspection of children’s services published

OFSTED inspection of children’s services published

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust responds to the report

Focus on: Richard Pape Lead fire officer for the Trust

Trust-wide News Focus on: Richard Pape Lead fire officer for the Trust

Since joining the Trust Richard has made a real difference to staff's fire awareness

Cumbria’s Headstart project

From Our Children & Families Team Cumbria’s Headstart project

A vision to ensure young people in Cumbria have access to all the support they need to promote their emotional wellbeing and mental health

Cumbria LSCB Online Procedures Manual Launch

From Our Children & Families Team Cumbria LSCB Online Procedures Manual Launch

Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures update

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

CSE awareness day on Wednesday 18th March with Cumbria Constabulary

Health visitors give top tips to parents to improve the wellbeing of the baby and the family!

Health visitors give top tips to parents to improve the wellbeing of the baby and the family!

Sarah gives mum some guidance on how to relax and tips on how to get her baby to sleep for longer

Our health visitors give top tips to parents on wellbeing of their baby and the family

Our health visitors give top tips to parents on wellbeing of their baby and the family

Sarah Worsell gives mum some guidance on how to relax and tips on how to get her baby to sleep for longer periods.

Breast Cancer Survivor Joanne on cat walk stardom

Breast Cancer Survivor Joanne on cat walk stardom

'It was a great opportunity to show others that there is life after diagnosis and that you can still look amazing'

Partnership gets wheels turning for children

From Our Children & Families Team Partnership gets wheels turning for children

Children with additional physical needs given chance to ride bikes.

More support for children and families in Cumbria

From Our Children & Families Team More support for children and families in Cumbria

Support for children and families in Cumbria will be boosted in the next few years thanks to newly qualified health visitors.

Film shows highlights of Cumbria School Games

From Our Children & Families Team Film shows highlights of Cumbria School Games

The Cumbria School Games, run by Active Cumbria, uses the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to involve more young people