What do we offer?

As a group of experienced clinicians we offer specialist skills to support children with mental health difficulties and their families. Promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people is central to all our provision.  We work both directly with patients referred, and indirectly through supporting other professionals working with children in a variety of settings. 

Our intervention is prompt and timely. For patients referred, we commit to assessment within 3 weeks of referral. 

Our work falls into five areas:

Assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties

We provide specialist assessment and intervention for young people and their families with a wide range of emotional/ mental health difficulties. Assessment appointments most commonly involve a Psychiatrist who is joined by a colleague. We meet with the young person most commonly with their family. Through discussion we develop an understanding of the difficulties and develop a management plan. We may recommend involvement of therapeutic skills offered by other associates. Management plans are regularly reviewed to ensure the best possible progress.

Assessment of young people for developmental disorders (possible Autistic Spectrum Disorder/ ADHD)

Young people with developmental disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder face particular challenges within childhood. Accurate diagnosis is key to maximising their potential and preventing secondary problems such as poor performance within school, low self-esteem and anxiety. 

We provide multi-disciplinary specialist assessment of potential autistic difficulties including assessment by a Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist and Child Psychiatrist with specialist experience and expertise in the field. The specialists, following their assessment, meet together with families to discuss their findings and the way forward for the young person.

Assessment for ADHD is most commonly carried out by a Child Psychiatrist, linking with school, the young person and their family.

Teaching, training and consultation to professionals who work with children with emotional difficulties

We provide tailored teaching / training and consultation to professionals who work with children and young people who may have emotional difficulties. Examples of professionals / services include teachers, children’s services, residential care workers and fostering agencies. 

Teaching topics are defined by the client and topics vary from self-harm to the impact of autism in the classroom and eating disorders in adolescence. If you have a request please ask. 

Consultation can be to groups of professionals or individuals. Discussions are consumer led and aim to further professionals’ understanding of the impact of mental health difficulties on the young people and those who live with or look after them. Strategies on the management of complex emotional / attachment difficulties are included.

Groups of professionals can be supported in how they work together with troubled young people.

Specialist mental health intervention to adopted children or those in the care of the Local Authority

Children on the edge of care and those adopted or in the care of the Local Authority are often the most complex in their presentation. We offer input by specialist mental health clinicians with many years of experience working specifically with this population.  We work with children, carers, biological families and the many professionals who work across agencies with the young people and their carers. In addition to direct assessment and intervention, we provide consultation, teaching, training and expert witness advice to the courts.

Expert Witness Advice to Courts

Dr. Sillifant provides expert witness advice to the legal system. She advises within public and private civil law proceedings. Dr. Sillifant can be commissioned to give opinion on many issues related to the emotional wellbeing of children ranging from custody disputes to  specific psychiatric disorders and the impact of trauma. She works as a single, jointly agreed expert in the more complex care proceedings,  particularly when there are difficult decisions to make about placement and care planning.