How to refer

Ardenleigh prides itself on ensuring only the right people who will really benefit from our interventions are treated within the forensic youth service.

The service provides assessment-based short term stays through to longer stays of around two years.

​The young person must be under 18 years of age at the time of referral and engaged in or at risk of offending behaviour.

Referral process for inpatient services

To refer a young person into the inpatient forensic youth medium secure service at Ardenleigh, a NHS England referral form must be received from any psychiatrist. For example the NHS responsible psychiatrist, a prison psychiatrist or other relevant psychiatrist.

The same form is used to make a referral to our inpatient youth low secure service and this should be sent to the local NHS England case manager.

Download a copy of our referral form here

Young people are typically referred from the youth justice system, local authorities secure children’s homes, adult units, open or low secure adolescent units, independent inpatient environments and tier three child and adolescent mental health services.

Speak to one of the clinicians today by calling 0121 301 4600

Youth First assessment

Requesting a Youth First assessment is easy.

Simply call 0121 301 4640/4664

Typically requests come from a range of agencies including child and adolescent mental health services, youth justice services, local authorities, law courts, solicitors and GPs.

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