Starfish LD CAMHS and Starfish+

Starfish LD CAMHS

We are a Team of Specialist Learning Disability Nurses, Clinical Psychologists, a Family Therapist, Assistant Psychologists and Family Support Workers. A Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who is available for those children/young people who are under the Starfish service.

Starfish Learning Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Starfish LD CAMHS) offer interventions to children/young people who have a diagnosed learning disability who present with challenging behaviour and or emerging mental health difficulties.  These difficulties can prove to be complex and challenging for the children/young people and those who care for them.

Who we care for

The child/young person must be aged between school entry and 18 and also have a diagnosis of a learning disability (IQ less than 70), with additional emotional and mental health difficulties and/or behavioural difficulties that significantly impact on their everyday life and social functioning. Evidence to support diagnosis will be required.

The team offers a mix of consultation and direct intervention to promote self-help, improve skills of care-givers, give reassurance and help to identify those cases at greatest risk.  A Starfish LD CAMHS consultation line available for parents/carers and professionals in need of assistance, please contact us using the telephone number at the bottom of this page for more information.

The team offers tailored interventions to suit the need of the child/young person. Our interventions aim to increase resilience of caregivers to enable them to reduce risks and support the child/young person to achieve best health and well-being in areas such as:

  • Emerging and established mental health and wellbeing difficulties
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Attachment and trauma
  • Anxiety inhibiting self-care and development or impacting on social functioning.
  • Self-injurious behaviours/harming others
  • Managing transitions between activities/settings
  • Low self-esteem
  • Managing emerging social relationships and sexuality safely


Referrals to Starfish LD CAMHD will be accepted for children/young people provided they are:

  • Aged from school entry to 18 years old with a mild, moderate or severe learning disability who are also experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties that are impacting on their longer term psychological wellbeing or their relationships with significant others
  • Registered with a Norfolk GP

Starfish LD CAMHS accept self-referrals and referrals from all agencies e.g. GP, social care, voluntary sector. Referral to Starfish LD CAMHS is made via Single Point of Referral form (SPOR). You will need to ensure you clearly mark Starfish as the service required. The information on this form will be what the clinicians use when the case is discussed at the Starfish referral meeting.  It is very important therefore to give as much information as possible as to the presenting problems and the help and support that is being asked for. It is also important for the parent/carer to consent to the referral; they would need to sign the referral form.

Please ensure that alongside the SPOR form you send evidence that the child/young person has a diagnosed learning disability, together with any educational psychology report that may have been undertaken and evidence of school attainment levels.

If you require any support during these challenging times, please contact our consultation line on 01603 272319. The line is manned daily 0900 – 1600, offering support to families, carers and professionals.

For more information please contact:

Mail: Starfish Learning Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service,
St James Clinic,
Extons Road,


Tel: 01553 668514