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 and Behaviour Support 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.

Child Health Information System (CHIS) Service - The Child Health Information Service is an IT system used to record clinical activity and public health interventions with children. 

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 child’s health needs are fully assessed and care plans in place to keep them healthy. This is for children in care in Cumbria and those 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.

School Based Immunisation Programme Team  - Our School Aged Immunisation Team delivers a consistent and equitable approach to ensure children and young people of Cumbria are protected, as far as is reasonably practical, from vaccine preventable diseases associated with significant mortality and morbidity.  

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