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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Forensic CAMHS moves into new site

Published: 20/05/2014

Our Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have moved into a new, state of the art facility for children and young people who are suffering from complex mental health problems.

The 18 bedded facility housed on our Ardenleigh site in Erdington, will enhance our provision of care for young people who are engaged in or are at risk of offending behaviour.

During their stay at Ardenleigh, young people will receive a wide range of treatments and support to help them towards recovery. These new facilities will enhance care through developing safe, yet therapeutic environments for our young people.


The young people have been heavily involved in the development of the new facility, providing feedback and naming the wards in advance of the move into building.

Staff have been busy preparing for the opening including holding a number of ‘live in’ sessions where staff test the environment from a service users point of view.

Hilary Grant, Clinical Director for Youth Services commented: “It’s really important for us to work with young people and support them and their families in their recovery.

This investment clearly shows our commitment to ensuring young people have first class facilities at a time when they are often in crisis and need of our support.

Alongside our inpatient provision, staff have been developing our Youth First (www.youth-first.org.uk)  service which provides assessment, advice regarding diagnosis, risk assessment and recommendations for intervention, placement and care for agencies who work with young people.

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