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Children and young people


The Kingston GP pathfinder works with partners to provide a range of support for children and young people.

This includes commissioning health practitioners in a range of settings including children's centres, school nurses in schools and other specialised services such as speech and language therapy.

You can also find information about school nursing and speech and language therapy in the community services section.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) transf​ormation plan 2018 refresh​​

The child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) transformation plan sets out the local vision, strategy and key actions to support improvements in children and young people's mental health and wellbeing in the borough of Kingston.

The Kingston transformation plan was developed with children, young people, professionals and partners who have been working locally to deal with the challenging issues of mental health and wellbeing.

Kingston Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Transformation Strategy 2018 - 2020 updated May 2019

Kingston Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Transformation Strategy 2015 - 2020, updated October 2018, easy read


CAMHS Transformation Plan 2019 refresh  

We are currently working with health and care partners in Kingston to update the CAMHS Transformation Plan. An updated version of the plan will be published on our website on 20 December 2019.


2018/19 Service Priorities

Our service priorities have been developed using the following five key national outcomes areas for improving mental health and wellbeing:

  • Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention
  • Improving access to effective support – a system without tiers
  • Care for the most vulnerable
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Developing the workforce

Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention

Our priorities are:

  • Support schools and colleges to adopt whole school approaches to build resilience and promote good mental health
  • Provide psychological wellbeing support to schools through delivery of the Children Wellbeing Practitioners service
  • Continue to promote the use of digital tools and information to support resilience, prevention and early intervention
  • Deliver the Emotional wellbeing and mental health support programme to Kingston schools.

Improving access to effective support

Our priorities are

  • Ensure the increased capacity in the CAMHS SPA results in the provision of telephone advice and triage to timely sign posting to the right service and support
  • Develop the local neuro development pathway to:
  • Reduce waiting times for ASD and ADHD assessments
  • Provide pre-and post-diagnostic support
  • Continue to improve service access to meet national targets including building capacity in voluntary sector community counselling
  • Enhance the existing Eating Disorder Service in collaboration with other SWL CCGs to ensure national waiting times and access targets are met and the number of inpatient admissions are reduced.

Ensuring care for the most vulnerable

Our priorities are:

  • Co-commission with other SWL CCG a therapeutic programme for children and young people who experience sexual assault
  • Enhance the existing Psychiatric Liaison provision across South West London in collaboration with other SWL CCGs
  • Focus on improving services for vulnerable children and young people including:
  1. Those in the youth justice system
  2. Those with ASD/ADHD learning disabilities as part of the Transforming Care Programme
  3. Looked After Children
  4. Those missing education, excluded and home educated
  • Continue to review all crisis care services in partnership with other SWL CCGs.

Accountability and transparency

Our priorities are:

  • Continue co-production, co-design, engagement, involvement with children and young people, families, parents and carers
  • Continue to improve performance management of CAMHS through flowing data to the mental health services data set, improving data quality, service monitoring and evaluation.
  • Implement the recommendations from the December 2018 Kingston Health Overview Panel on CAMHS
  • Communicate the work of the local transformation plan in accessible formats to all our stakeholders.

Developing the workforce

Our priorities are:

  • Continue to ensure there is commissioning capacity to deliver the local transformation plan
  • Support providers to access the children and young people’s improving access to psychological therapies curriculum and address any identified skills gaps
  • Continue to implement local and STP wide workforce development plans to ensure delivery of national requirements set out in the 5 year Forward View
  • Continue to promote access to continuous professional development and training opportunities for;
  1. The Voluntary sector
  2. Schools and Colleges
  • Parents and young people becoming peer support workers


Children's centres

Children’s centres offer informal support for parents and a fun, friendly and safe place for your child to play and learn to help them get the best start in life. You can meet a wide range of professionals who can support you from pregnancy to when your child starts school. Whether you are a parent-to-be, a mum, dad, grandparent or carer, you will be welcome. The services children’s centres offer include:

  • Family support and parental outreach
  • Child and family health services
  • Midwifery and health visiting services
  • Outreach and support to families in need
  • Adult education and family learning
  • Advice to parents and carers
  • Drop-in sessions and activities for children, parents and carers
  • Information about childcare and early education funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Register with your local children’s centre to take part in the activities they run. Your local centre will keep you informed about relevant services for you and your family in your area.

Where are the children's centres in Kingston?

There are eight children's centres in the borough:

  • Chessington Children’s Centre at Castle Hill Primary School
  • Kingston Town Children’s Centre at  King Athelstan Primary School
  • North Kingston Children’s Centre at Latchmere School
  • New Malden Children’s Centre at Burlington Infant School
  • Norbiton Children’s Centre at The Mount Primary School
  • Old Malden Children’s Centre at Malden Manor Primary School
  • Surbiton Children’s Centre at Alpha Road
  • Tolworth Children’s Centre at Tolworth Infant School

How do I access these services?

You can register by completing a short form at your local centre.

You can find out more about each centre on Kingston Council's website

If you have questions about children’s centres in Kingston please contact: 

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, 2nd floor, Thames House,
180 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU
Tel: 020 39419900

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