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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

Conduct Adoption and Fostering Service


Location:
 Maudsley Hospital

Contact information:
 


Michael Rutter Centre
De Crespigny Park
London
SE5 8AZ

Call: 020 3228 2546

Email: caftservice@slam.nhs.uk


Mode:
 
Outpatient

Referrals are accepted from:
 Social care professionals, parents and special guardians through their social workers, healthcare professionals, education professionals.


Overview

We provide a specialist service for children and young people who are fostered or adopted and who are experiencing difficulties. These may relate to issues that are specific to these children:

  • attachment, trauma
  • life story
  • placement difficulties
  • degree of contact with siblings or birth family
  • permanency planning

We also cover other aspects of mental health in the context of their particular circumstances of being adopted, fostered or being placed under a special guardianship order such as neurodevelopmental disorders, mood disorders, behavioural problems, etc.

Key areas

  • Adoption and fostering
  • Attachment problems
  • Life story issues
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Mood problems
  • Neurodevelopmental problems (for example autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tic disorders, executive dysfunction)
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Sexualised behaviour
  • Parenting difficulties and placement problems (including risk of breakdown)
  • Placement advice including moving into and out of specialist residential provision
  • Preadoption-advice and placement recommendations