If this is an emergency and you feel a child or youth is at risk of harm, please freephone:
0800 218 219 (Business Hours Monday - Friday)
0800 920 092 (Afterhours, Weekends and Public Holidays)
CAFLink is the Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service 'single point of entry function' which streamlines access to mental health services in Canterbury for children, adolescents and their families.
All outpatient referrals to the service are centrally received at CAFLink. This includes referrals to the CAF North and CAF South Community and Outreach Teams.
As well as providing an easily identifiable point of entry to services, CAFLink ensures better quality and more consistent information to referrers, young people and their families. Referrals are centrally processed and this includes screening, referral to community agencies and triage into the service.
Child & Adolescent Mental Health outpatient services (CAF North and CAF South Community and Outreach Teams are available for:
All non-urgent referrals to CAF Services come via GP and ERMS process. If the child/youth does not have a GP then please contact CAF Link to discuss.
For a mild to moderate mental health issue up to 13 years of age: please refer to Child and Family Services Mental Health Education & resource Centre.
Referrers querying ADHD need to have a completed SNAP-IV Questionnaire (listed below) in addition we require SNAP-IV from both parents x 2 (or significant other) and school PLUS School Support for Health and Wellbeing Assessment. Send all these forms to child/youths GP for GP to make referral.
Caddra SNAP Questionnaire (PDF)
Instructions for Caddra SNAP Questionnaire (PDF)
School Support for Health and Wellbeing Assessment (Word DOCX, 40KB)
GP’s should follow HealthPathways for ADHD referrals.
Page last updated: 30 November 2022
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