Looked after Children

Who we are…

The service is an integrated mental health service for Looked-After Children (LAC). The term LAC is also known as Children Looked After (CLA).  Coventry CAMHS LAC and Warwickshire (CLA) are delivered in partnership between Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind (CW Mind).

The services work in multi-disciplinary teams that includes a range of expertise in both mental health and emotional wellbeing. We are able to deliver various interventions that have a evidence based theory to support the  varying level of needs. This facilitates positive outcomes for service users.

What we do…

The ethos of the service is that mental health is 'everyone's business'. Therefore, the focus is on supporting social workers and carers to improve the young person's mental health and wellbeing, as well as undertaking specialist assessment and intervention where required.

Key features include:

  • Consultations to social workers and other professionals to ensure that the needs of children/young people are understood within the context of their lived experience

  • Assessments – These include carers, emotional wellbeing assessments and Initial Mental Health assessments.

  • Delivery of therapeutic interventions with the child/young person following an assessment where a targeted or specialist response is required

  • Consultation and training for residential staff that draws on attachment theory

  • Nurturing Attachment Training for foster carers

  • Foster carer drop-in sessions to support placement stability (Coventry only)

  • Telephone advice and guidance for carers and professionals

  • Support to social workers when they are working therapeutically with young people

How to get in touch…


Our aim is to reduce unnecessary assessments of looked after children and to support them, their carers and families in a collaborative non-stigmatising manner. To provide this, we support professionals with a consultation meeting in the first instance.

Download a consultation request form below and email it securely (via gcsx or nhs.net, for example) to cwp-tr.camhslac@nhs.net

Consultation-Request-Form April18.docx [docx] 21KB

At the consultation meeting we will develop a joint plan for intervention where the child’s/young person’s needs are understood within the context of the people who are important to them in their lives.

Telephone number: 
024 7696 1426


To refer into the service, please use the referrals form available here.

Telephone number: 
024 76631 835