Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS): First Steps

First steps is a service for children, young people and their families who have mild to moderate mental health problems.

It is provided by a team of around 15 First Steps clinicians based in children’s centres and GP practices. The service includes:

  • early access to a mental health service for mild to moderate psychological problems
  • a range of individual and group interventions
  • parenting support
  • mental health promotion and teaching, training and consultation to frontline professionals working with children and young people
  • the development of projects which support and empower parents and community groups
  • referral onto tier 3 specialist CAMHS if required.  

We encourage families to call the service to refer themselves on 02076834611, alternatively referrals can be made by a GP, health visitor, paediatrician, occupational therapist, educational therapist or other health, education or social care professional.

The service operates 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

Contact details

First Steps
1st Floor Defoe Building
Hackney Community College
50 Hoxton Street
N1 6LP

Ruth Kossoff
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Interim Head of Community Child Psychology

tel: 020 7683 4611
fax: 020 7014 7251