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Child and Adolescent Adoption and Fostering Service


Phone number:
020 3228 2546
Hospital site:
Maudsley Hospital
The Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People
Maudsley Hospital
De Crespigny Park
Disabled access:
  • Wheelchair accessible building
  • Ground floor therapy rooms
  • Accessible toilets on all levels
  • Lift access to the 1stfloor.
Directorate or department:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Care pathway:
Service type:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (National and Specialist)
Treatment mode:
This service is for people who live in:
National (Child and Adolescent services)
We provide a specialist service for children and young people who are fostered or adopted and who are experiencing difficulties.

Adopted children and children who are in, or have been in, the care system can have a wide range of mental health problem as well as difficulties in school, at home and with peers. We offer a highly specialist assessment of a child or young person’s mental health and well-being across all these aspects of functioning, and then make recommendations.

These difficulties may relate to issues that are specific to adopted children (attachment, trauma, life story, placement difficulties, degree of contact with siblings or birth family, permanency planning), as well as other aspects of mental health, including neurodevelopmental disorders, mood disorders, behavioural problems. We always consider a child or young person’s particular circumstances of being adopted, fostered or under Special Guardianship Orders.

Our services:

  • Individual assessment of attachments and identity in the context of the child’s life story
  • Specialist neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental assessments
  • Personalised assessment of any other mental health issues such as trauma, mood, etc
  • Individual psychometric assessment of abilities and emotional profile
  • Educational attainment assessment and current school functioning by talking to teachers
  • Parenting support: Personalised Individual Parent Training (PIPT)
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group work
  • Medication
  • Consultation for local Authorities, private adoption and fostering organizations, Residential Home and Therapeutic Communities.
  • Training for parents and professionals

We accept referrals from:

  • Social Care professionals: Social Workers, Regional Adoption Agencies, private and voluntary agencies.
  • Parentsand Special Guardians via their Social Workers
  • Health professionals:GPs, any CAMHS professionals, Consultant Psychiatrists, Consultant Paediatricians
  • Education professionals:Educational Psychologists, Teachers, SENCOs, etc
Further Information:

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