Liverpool’s Integrated Children and Young People’s Mental Health Offer (0-25 years)

In Liverpool, mental health support for children and young people aged 0-25 and their families is delivered as a collaborative approach.

The Liverpool CAMHS Offer is a partnership of NHS providers and 3rd sector organisations working together to provide services across different levels of need, from prevention – being mentally healthy – to high levels of specialist help.

Parents, carers, professionals and young people can make a referral to Liverpool CAMHS online. Our ‘While You’re Waiting’ guide explains the tools, resources, and support available while waiting for an initial assessment (after a referral).

The CAMHS Offer is based on a stepped model of care, complimenting Liverpool’s Levels of Need Framework. Children and young people can access the offer’s pathway at any stage, depending on their mental health needs. 

The focus is to ensure that children, young people and their families are supported at the universal level within their communities.

Levels of need, what do we mean by… 

Liverpool’s mental health support for children and young people

These easy-to-read CAMHS snapshots will help you understand the mental health support available for you based on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours – your levels of need. The documents then go on to explain how this support can be accessed. Click on the age-appropriate button to view the snapshot.

Ages 0-5

Ages 5-11

Ages 11-16

Ages 16-18

Ages 18-25


View and download the Liverpool CAMHS Integrated Offer Model.

Crisis Support 

The Liverpool CAMHS Crisis Care team provides support, advice and guidance to children, families and professionals in crisis, 24/7.

YPAS Walk In Support Hub (WISH) provides same-day mental health support for children, young people, and families in Merseyside. Formerly known as Alternative to Crisis drop-in, the service continues to offer the same support across all three hubs in Merseyside.

Their practitioners can support children, young people, and families with emotional wellbeing needs and advise on various practical support issues. They will provide information, advice, and guidance and sometimes offer low-intensity CBT-based support models.

In-patient care

Some children and young people may need more specialist support, requiring admission to an inpatient unit. Several in-patient units across the UK support children and young people’s mental health. They’re commissioned and coordinated through NHS England. For more information, please click here. 

For young adults aged over 18, Mersey Care provides in-patient support locally.

For more information, please click here.

How to get involved in the child and young person’s mental health offer

The engagement and involvement of children, young people and families are at the heart of the Liverpool CAMHS partnership. Throughout the year, many opportunities exist to be involved in designing, delivering and evaluating the CAMHS Offer.

For more information about how to get involved, share your views and help to develop services click here.