Social, Emotional and Mental Health Central Point of Access for Children and Young People (SEMH)

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This central point of access for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Services for children and young people service sits within the Children’s Services Contact Team at Islington Council.

From 30 September 2019, all referrals into the central point of access will first receive safeguarding screening by Children's Services Contact Team, before being passed on to the most appropriate service as identified by a multi-agency intake team (Children’s Services Contact Team/Whittington Health Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Barnardos). The team carries out daily triaging and allocation of referrals, and weekly SEMH intake meetings with the SEMH therapeutic and emotional wellbeing providers.

Services offered through a referral to the SEMH central point of access include:

  • Emotional wellbeing services including: 
    • Barnardo’s
    • The Isledon Wellbeing service
    • The Brandon Centre (also takes direct referrals)
    • Youth Counselling & Substance Misuse & Alcohol Service (YCSMAS)
    • Kooth, online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service (also takes direct referrals)
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
  • Early help services including:
    • Bright Start
    • Early Help Family Support Services (formerly Families First)
    • Targeted Youth Support
  • Social prescribing through the Isledon Wellbeing service including third sector services and digital services such as online counselling.

Eligibility criteria


  • Children and young people, from birth to 25, who are either
    • registered with a GP in Islington
    • living in Islington
    • in education in Islington 

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service:

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

Complete the Islington's Children Services - Request for service form – Whittington and send by email

Or call the central point of access
t: 020 7527 3355

Where to find the form

ISL Global Documents > Mental Health


The SEMH service also accepts referrals from young people, parents and carers. Referrals can be made by phone.
t: 020 7527 3355

Please note that direct referral pathways to CAMHS in schools and children's centres remain in place.

External Links

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Service Feedback

Contact Name

Central Point of Access

Phone Number

t: 020 7527 3355


222 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1XR


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Last updated: Nov 15th, 2021
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