Transitions - Parent and carers

Turning 18 can be daunting for someone who is using CAMHS services and it is hard to know what to expect as a parent or carer of that young person.

Below are some questions from our young people going through transitions.

Click Here for our transitions workbook, coproduced with our young people and their parents and carers, to be a source of information and support.

What does transition mean?

Transition describes the process of movement or change. There are many different types of transition within, between and out of services but this page will focus on the process of moving on from CAMHS to either another service such as Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) or to discharge and self care.


Why does transition happen?

When you reach the age of 18, you will be considered an adult and no longer be able to use Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.


What happens next during the transitions process?

The professional you are working with will help you prepare for your transition and together you will work on a Transition Care Plan. Together you will decide on some goals and objectives and work towards achieving them. The outcome of the transition will be dependent on a variety of individual factors but could include -

- Discharge from services, as you may no longer need them.

- Discharge back to your doctor or GP, who will continue to prescribe you any medication that you need.

In these situations it is really useful to take all the tools you have worked on and continue to use them at home. Additionally there are online support services such as Kooth and Young Minds that you can use if you feel you need them. We have a list of other support here.

- Transition to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS)

For more support with this transition and information on what to expect please view our Transitions work booklet, produced with young people with a lived experience of our services.

Let us know

If your young person is in the process of transitioning on from CAMHS, because they are turning/have turned 18, we would appreciate if you could tell us about this experience.

Please click on the relevant survey picture below to give feedback so we can continue to improve this process for other parents and carers.

Additionally we would appreciate if your young person could also complete the relevant surveys to help us improve this process for other young people.

If you would prefer paper copies, you can print our survey's using the links below and then return the completed survey's to

Service Experience Team, 99 Waverley Road, St Albans, AL35TL.

Young people's Pre Transition Survey

Young people's Post Transition Survey

Parent/Carer Pre Transition Survey

Parent/Carer Post Transition Survey

Thank you.