CHUMS Referral Criteria
Thank you for visiting the referral area of our website. Before you make a referral it is important to read our general criteria (below) as well as any specific criteria for the clinical service you are referring into. If you decide to make a referral please include as much information as you can with regards the presenting issue.
Referrals into our Emotional Wellbeing Service are reviewed weekly at the CHUMS/CAMHS single point of entry meeting (SPoE). Following this meeting you will receive a letter or email advising the most appropriate service to support the child/young person. This may not be CHUMS or CAMHS, in which case you will be given contact details of the relevant service.
The following referral criteria is used across all our clinical services:
- The young person must be 17 years of age or younger
- Where two people have parental responsibility but live in different homes, we recommend that both parties are aware of any referral being made. However, CHUMS will accept appropriate referrals from either parent.
- There must not be any unresolved legal issues or issues being investigated by social care. Where there is an ongoing court case professionals and families should be advised that it is better to refer once the case is concluded
- CHUMS does not mediate residency and contact arrangements. Parents should be advised to approach the family mediation service or discuss with a solicitor
- CHUMS will not be involved in any legal issues in relation to parental separation. Court reports should be commissioned by solicitors from professionals who work on a private basis.
Is it safe?
Submitted referrals are not stored within the website environment or with any other third party. Referrals are transmitted via email directly from the website to a specific email address within CHUMS which is only accessible to authorised CHUMS personnel. Transmitted emails are encrypted using industry standard TLS (Transport Layer Security).
Please note that CHUMS is not an Emergency Service and is not able to respond to this form urgently. Therefore, if there are any immediate risks identified or emergency care required please seek immediate advice from your GP/A&E.
If you have any questions regarding the referral form, please call us on 01525 863924.