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National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services


Maudsley Hospital

Contact information: 

Michael Rutter Centre

De Crespigny Park

Call: 020 3228 3841


Referrals are accepted from:
Mental health practitioners, social services, youth justice, childcare and criminal solicitors, GPs

Key areas: Complex high risk or especially vulnerable young people. Violent, aggressive, self-harming and anti-social behaviours including fire setting, harmful sexual behaviour and involvement in criminality specialist child care and parenting assessments


We provide a specialist multi-disciplinary forensic service, delivering detailed diagnostic forensic assessments and treating complex and high risk cases. Many of the young people we work with are vulnerable, and present with severe psychopathology.

Young people referred to us may be involved with the criminal justice system or be at high risk of being so in the future. They are likely to present with behavioural problems like violence and aggression towards others, harming themselves, fire setting or engaging in sexually inappropriate behaviour.

We provide a fast-track service for cases requiring an urgent response because of the nature of the presenting problem or, in some cases, the time limits imposed by criminal proceedings. We conduct home and community assessments where appropriate.

We provide offence specific individual and group treatments for young people within a multi-systemic frame work. Our work includes specialist assessment and treatment for individuals that have been traumatised as a consequence of crime.

We provide consultation and ongoing risk management support for other services managing high risk individuals.