Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health CAG includes local, national, specialist outpatient and inpatient services.


Our CAG provides comprehensive care for children and young people (aged 0 -18) presenting with mental ill health. Through our partner mental health trust South London and Maudsley, we provide assessment and treatment for the full range of mental disorders presenting in childhood.

Underpinning our clinical services is a foundation of research and education and training, which is hosted within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London.


We contribute to a wide range of professional training including child and adolescent psychiatry, mental health nursing and clinical psychology. We also provide a range of courses on therapeutic modalities such as cognitive behaviour therapy and family therapy. The Department hosts two Masters courses and a number of PhD students. Education and training for the current workforce and the next generation of clinicians is crucial to making lasting improvements. 

Key achievements in education:

  • Over the last year undergraduate teaching in child psychiatry has had a complete revision in style and content. The students now have one half day of teaching consisting of lectures and interactive workshops run by consultant psychiatrists and specialist registrars. The CAG has become the Lead Provider for Higher Psychiatry - Child and Adolescent in south London.
  • The CAG delivers Department of Health's new CYP-IAPT initiative (Children and Young Persons Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies). The initiative has doubled in size. Much of the evidence-base for these psychological therapies and the curricula for the nationwide programme have been developed in the CAG.


Our research extends from basic science identifying the causes of child mental ill health, through to the evaluation of new diagnostics and treatments. We aim to embed research at every level of our child and adolescent mental health services because this is key to improving our clinical services and delivering innovations that work for children and young people.

Put together, autism, ADHD and intellectual disability affect 5-10% of people. They start early in childhood and persist into adult life causing significant impairment in personal, social, and working aspects of life. Making a difference to the course of such disorders in childhood can have important implications, with knock-on positive effects in adolescence and adult life.
Professor Emily Simonoff, Academic Lead of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health CAG

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinical Academic Group Leaders

Professor Emily Simonoff, Head of the Department for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London