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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

How to refer

We pride ourselves on ensuring only the right people who will really benefit from our interventions are treated within our 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

To refer a young person into our inpatient forensic youth service at Ardenleigh we will need to receive a referral letter from any psychiatrist. For example the NHS responsible psychiatrist, a prison psychiatrist or other relevant psychiatrist.

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 our clinicians today by calling

Call 0121 678 4602

0121 301 4600


Youth First assessment

Requesting a Youth First assessment is easy. Simply fill in the online enquiry form.

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.