Neurodevelopmental Service (NDS)

Southwark Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)


This service is aimed to provide advice, interventions & supports to parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-18 in relation to mental health issues and challenging behaviours associated with intellectual (learning) disabilities, autism spectrum conditions and ADHD.


Children & Young People with developmental disabilities and associated mental health challenges and/or challenging behaviours, aged 0-18, who are registered to a General Practitioner within the London Borough of Southwark. This is a universal service there are no criteria. We provide for all areas of need and levels of need. Referrals should be made in writing by a medical practitioner (e.g. General Practitioner, Paediatrician), senior teacher, or senior social worker. Referrals should be addressed to:

Southwark Child & Adolescent Mental Health Neurodevelopmental Service, Sunshine House, 27 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH.

All referrals are screened for appropriateness and degree of urgency and then placed on our waiting list for an assessment appointment to be arranged as soon as possible.


How this is provided:

  • We work out of Sunshine House, but also undertake community visits including home visits, school liaison and collaborations with social services as well as other private and voluntary organisations.
  • We are a multidisciplinary service comprising psychiatrist, psychologists, specialist social workers and therapists.
  • As well as comprehensive and detailed evaluations of mental health issues and challenging behaviours, we provide a range of treatments and interventions including individual, family and group therapies, behaviour modification advice and support and where necessary medication.

How can I access this service?

Referrals should be made in writing by a medical practitioner (e.g. General Practitioner, Paediatrician), senior teacher, or senior social worker. Referrals should be addressed to Southwark Child & Adolescent Mental Health Neurodevelopmental Service, Sunshine House, 27 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH.
All referrals are screened for appropriateness and degree of urgency and then placed on our waiting list for an assessment appointment to be arranged as soon as possible. Some referrals may be considered to be more appropriate for another of our Southwark Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. In these circumstances the referral is redirected to the appropriate team who then contact the family.
The service is funded by Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group on behalf of the NHS, as well as by Southwark Local Authority Social Services and Education. It is a statutory part of local health services for children and young people. It is a free service for families with a child registered to a General Practitioner within the London Borough of Southwark.


The service is confidential and you will be asked for permission for us to speak with other professionals and agencies on your behalf. We operate a strict anti-discrimination policy so that no child or young person is barred from our service on ground of disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, culture or family configuration. The only circumstance in which it may be necessary to breach confidentiality is if the professional involved is sufficiently concerned regarding the child’s or young person’s personal welfare and safety.


Training provided:

The team currently provides group education and training for parents and carers of children and young people with newly diagnosed ADHD, and those presenting with seriously challenging behaviours associated with their developmental disabilities.


Useful to Know: We also offer a PsychoEducation Group for Parents with Children with ADHD across the borough, according to NICE guidance.