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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Youth First

Youth First is our specialist community forensic mental health service that offers expert multidisciplinary holistic assessments of young people to child and adolescent mental health services, youth offending teams, local authorities, crown prosecution services, solicitors and other agencies involved in youth justice.

The service aims to help referring agencies improve the wellbeing of young people and reduce the potential of further risk of harm towards others. More specifically the service aims:

  • To provide advice regarding diagnosis, psychological formulation, and risk assessment
  • To make appropriate recommendations for intervention, placement and care


Youth First
Youth First

Youth First is based within our Forensic Child and Adolescent Services at Ardenleigh, but with our central location, we are able to offer assessments throughout the UK and Ireland.

In addition to conducting comprehensive assessments we aim to help services manage the risks young people present to others by assisting them in developing suitable care pathways

We can support referrers through a range of bespoke training packages and on-going consultation and liaison arrangements as appropriate. 


Medico-legal services

Youth First is able to provide a range of psychiatric and psychological opinions and reports for the purposes of court proceedings. Our staff are highly experienced in providing expert evidence for trials.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your request further.