Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Intellectual Disability Team

We support children and young people who have a moderate to severe intellectual disability and mental health needs. Typically this is a young person who attends a special school with an IQ of 55 and below. 

We work with their parents and carers, schools, health professionals, social care and short break providers, and offer tailored advice and strategies for each young person.

Our main base is at 68 Portland Street, Kirkby in Ashfield and we also hold clinics across the county and city.

Services we provide

  • Foundations group which covers basic knowledge for families supporting a young person with an intellectual disability.

  • Non-violence resistance group (NVR) is a parenting programme which helps parents to regain their ability to parent in a calm and confident manner. NVR can help parents and carers overcome their sense of helplessness. It can help develop a support network in and out of the home. It can help improve relationships between family members and the outside world.

  • LADDERS which is a training programme for parents who support a young person experiencing symptoms of anxiety in a graded approach.

  • Positive behaviour support (PBS) plans and advice around behaviour.

  • Theraplay
  • Psychoeducation for young people and parents
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychiatric assessment and medication
  • Psychology

Service opening hours

Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.

Accessing our service

Healthcare or educational professionals can make referrals to this service. For more information please call 0115 8440 520. Parents/carers and young people can also self-refer for CAMHS support using our online form or by calling 0115 854 2299.

Contact and find us

Main base

68 Portland Street
Kirkby in Ashfield
NG17 7AG

Tel: 0115 844 0520

Help in a crisis

Outside of office hours please contact your GP service, NHS 111, or in an emergency go to your local Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. You can also contact the CAMHS Crisis Team for urgent assistance: 0115 844 0560.

Alternatively you can call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health helpline number on 0808 196 3779. This number is available to anyone in mental health crisis at anytime, anywhere across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Information for health professionals

How to refer someone to this service


County referrals (for children registered with a County GP)

All CAMHS referrals for Nottinghamshire County are made via our Single Point of Access:

Single Point of Access Team (SPA)
Duncan Macmillan House
Porchester Road



City referrals (for children registered with a City GP)

All CAMHS referrals for Nottingham City referrals are made via our Single Point of Access:

CAMHS Citywide Tier 2
Nottingham City Council
Glenbrook Management Centre
Wigman Road


Team lead

Lia Bealing- Operational Lead

A parents experience (videos)

You can view the below videos from a parents experience of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Intellectual Disability Team.

Chitra shares her experience of the CAMHS Intellectual Disability Team for her and her son Avy.

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