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Check our website to find referral criteria for the service you require
For urgent same-day referrals, call our HealthHub 0300 365 1234
If you’re unable to fill in a referral form, call our HealthHub 0300 365 1234
If you’re not the young person, their parent or carer you will need consent to refer
Please complete ALL sections of the referral form before you click submit
You may be asked for extra information on completion of the referral form
Your referral will be triaged and a decision made about the appropriate support
  • Referral must be made by a professional that knows the child or young person well (such as teacher, SENCO, educational psychologist)
  • Child must be over six years old
  • If the school refuse to make a referral please call the CYPF Hub to discuss further

Before referral please take the following steps:

  1. Observe the child’s behaviour for 10 weeks and make notes including any changes and patterns in their behaviour (this must include difficulties with their concentration, impulsiveness and activity levels)
  2. Refer parents and carers to a training/education programme if available
  3. If the child’s behaviour is still having a negative impact on themselves and their family/school life, please make a referral

Please read the ADHD referral criteria document for more in depth information.

For more information please see our ADHD Support and Advice pages and our ADHD Team page.

Our Autism Assessment Team provides an assessment service for children and young people up to the age of 18, where there is a concern that they have difficulties with communicating and relating to others. We assess children and young people to see if their difficulties are due to autism.

There is no medical test for autism. A decision about diagnosis is made on the basis of detailed information about your child's early development and how they are now. This information is gathered by talking to you, an individual assessment with your child, and gathering information from school.

Once an assessment is complete, families are given information about support available at home and at school. This includes information on autism-specific parenting workshops and groups in their area, and access to specialist advisory teachers where available. Parents and carers will also be invited to join an online support network.

Ideally referrals should come from professionals that know the child well, such as their teacher, special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or health visitor.

Please read the referral criteria carefully before you go ahead and make a referral.

We offer a specialist CAMHS service for children and young people with severe mental health concerns. Other support is available in Berkshire’s six local authority areas and you can find information through the Local offer for your area.

We accept referrals from health, education, children’s services colleagues, parents and carers. Young people can also self-refer if they are over 16.

Children and young people presenting with emotional and behavioural difficulties with no associated mental illness, do not usually need to be referred to CAMHS and should be supported through local services as described in the Local Offer. Our HealthHub team is available for consultation and discussion prior to making a referral to consider appropriateness.

Please read the CAMHS referral criteria carefully before you go ahead and make a referral.

Our occupational therapy team helps children who have difficulties doing everyday activities, such as dressing, feeding, writing, socialising and play, due to a problem with their fine motor skills, coordination and/or ability to make sense of the world around them.   

We also provide advice and guidance on sensory strategies, and special equipment such as off-the-shelf hand splints, adapted cutlery and plates, writing aids, specialist seating for schools, and switches.

How to access our services

We accept referrals from parents and carers, teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and GPs.

Please check that all the strategies relating to their difficulties in the support and advice section have been tried, and if you still have concerns please make a referral following the process as follows.

If you’re based in Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead or Bracknell areas we accept referrals for all children and young people from 0-19 years. Please use our referral form to access the occupational therapy service.

If you’re based in Reading, Wokingham or Newbury areas, we will only accept referrals for children who are school aged and have either a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHCP (Educational, Health, Care Plan).

Occupational Therapy Services for children under 5 years and school aged children who do not have an EHCP or a Statement of Special Educational Needs are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital (Dingley Paediatric Occupational Therapy service). They have a different referral process (please see below).

Royal Berkshire Hospital

The RBH occupational therapy team requires a medical referral from a GP or paediatrician. As we don’t manage these referrals, you should contact RBH occupational therapy directly.

Children who should be referred to RBH Occupational Therapy:

  • Children under school age, who live in the Newbury, Reading and Wokingham Local Authority areas
  • Children of all ages who don’t have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and who live in the Newbury, Reading and Wokingham local authority areas

RBH Occupational Therapy contact details

Dingley Specialist Children’s Centre
3-5 Craven Road

Phone number  0118 3225 366

Our community paediatricians support children and young people under the age of 18 with complex needs relating to development, growth and nutrition, special educational needs, behavioural issues and common childhood problems.

We see children who are under 18, registered with an East Berkshire GP or attending a special school in East Berkshire. For West Berkshire services, please contact Royal Berkshire Hospital.

How to access our services

We accept referrals from GPs or other health professionals, including health visitors and school nurses who’ve been working with the child.

Once we’ve accepted a referral, we’ll allocate a doctor and arrange to see your child within 18 weeks. We’ll send you a letter confirming the appointment date approximately three weeks in advance.

If we can’t accept the referral, we’ll notify the referrer immediately.  

Make a referral using our online form

Referrals can be made for children and young people 0-19 years old with a Berkshire GP. These are accepted from parents, teachers, SENCOs, GPs and other health professionals

Once a referral is made, it will be triaged (looked at by a clinician) to see how we can help. This may be telephone advice, signposting to other services or a local clinic/school assessment

Preschool children in Wokingham and Reading are not seen by our service. Referrals from GP’s and Consultants will need to be made directly to Dingley:-  

Dingley Specialist Children’s Centre
3-5 Craven Road

0118 322 5213

We do not see children with orthopaedic conditions such as painful joints/muscles, broken bones or respiratory conditions. These are seen at Dingley for the west of the county and Wexham Park or Frimley Hospital for the east of the county.

Before referring a young person to physiotherapy, please check that all the strategies relating to their difficulties in the support and advice section have been tried.

For more information please see our Physiotherapy service pages.

Our Specialist Dietetics team provides help and support for children and young people with disabilities or complex needs who have eating difficulties.

How to access our service

We accept referrals from any relevant  health care practitioner for the following conditions/nutritional issues:

- Enteral feeding, both nasogastric and gastrostomy feeding

- Any child attending special school with nutritional or eating issues that are affecting their growth or wellbeing.

NB, we do not currently accept referrals for overweight children. There is an information pack available which you can access by contacting your local dietetics team.

When making a referral, please provide details of the child or young person’s height, weight and change in weight centiles over the last six months.

Make a referral using our online form


The Specialist School Nursing team deliver health and nursing care to all children and young people attending special schools in Berkshire West and East so no referral is required.

The Children's Community Nursing team provide nursing services for children and young people up to age 18 with acute and complex nursing needs. In East Berkshire this would primarily include children with learning disabilities and an additional nursing need.

If you are a parent or carer and you feel that your child needs a referral to our Children's Community Nursing team, please visit your GP.

We accept referrals from health service providers, education professionals and social care workers if the child or young person:

  • is under the care of a consultant and;
  • has a nursing need and;
  • is registered with a Berkshire General Practitioner.

If this criteria is met, please make a referral using the Children's Community Nursing referral form.

Our speech and language therapy team supports children and young people with speech, language or communication difficulties. We also work with children experiencing eating and drinking difficulties.   

If your child is not yet in school and there are concerns about their speech, language or communication, please attend one of our Speech and Language Therapy drop-in clinics.

If your child is attending a mainstream school, please discuss with the school SENCO who will liaise directly with the visiting speech and language therapist who can make the referral.

If your child is home educated or attending an independent school please complete the online referral form at the bottom of this page.

If your child is in full-time school in Slough, we do not provide a speech and language therapy service: please see the Slough Local Offer for further information.

For more information on how you can help your child please see our Support and Advice pages and visit our Speech and Language Therapy pages for more information on our service.


The criteria that must be met for a referral to the Early Interventions in Psychosis Team are:

  • The patient has experienced a period of psychosis for at least one week
  • The period of psychosis has been accompanied by a decline in functioning
  • It is the first episode of diagnosed psychosis and symptoms emerged within the past three years
  • The patient has not previously been prescribed anti-psychotic medication
  • Patients from age 0 will be considered
  • Referrals must include a detailed history of the presenting complaint
  • In borderline cases, strong objective indications such as being at peak age or a first-degree relative, will be taken into consideration.

Common exclusions are:

  • Drug induced cases where psychosis remits once drug use stops, usually within seven days
  • Cases where a clear organic cause is evident
  • Sypmtoms which are wholly explicable in the context of PTSD or personality disorder
  • Crisis case should be referred to acute services in the first instance


Those considered in an At Risk mental state will have the following criteria:

  • Experiencing distress
  • Be in younger adulthood (typically between 14-30)
  • Have evidence of decline in social functioning by 30% over the last year which has been sustained for at least a month

With at least one of the following:

  • Mild psychotic-like symptoms that are distressing but do not meet the threshold for psychotic diagnosis, but significant enough to gain clinical attention (present at least once a week for a month over the last year)
  • Frank psychotic symptoms that last for less than one week and resolve spontaneously
  • Strong (first degree relative) family history of psychotic illness