General Adolescent Mental Health Services

Cygnet Hospital Godden Green provides an acute CAMHS service over two wards for young people aged between 12 and 18 years old. The wards, Knole (15 beds) and Littleoaks (8 beds), give young people the chance to step down through their care pathway. Our service also includes an on-site Ofsted-registered school, the Knole Development Centre.

The aim of the service is to help young people stabilise and return home as soon as possible.

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Most young people will first be admitted to Knole Ward, which can support up to 16 boys and girls. Following a programme of therapy groups and individual sessions, the aim is to support individuals to move to Littleoaks, which is an even more homely environment. Up to eight young people can be supported in Littleoaks.

“The staff have helped me out massively giving me good advice, support and just being there when needed.”Service user, Knole Ward

One therapy that is used extensively at Cygnet Hospital Godden Green is “Walk and Talk”, which aims to give young people who may find it difficult to take part in formal therapy or groups the opportunity to still access therapy in a less intimidating environment.

We also believe in “wrap-around” treatment. As well as the service user, the team also help families and carers too, giving them the support they need.

“I write to thank you and your  entire team for the 1st class care and support you gave to my son. I will ever remain grateful to you guys. God put you there as angels during the most difficult time of his life. On behalf of my son, myself and my wife please accept our deepest gratitude.”Parent

Service User Profile

  • Age 12-18
  • Detained or informal
  • Diagnosis of:
    • Psychosis
    • Self-harm and/or suicidal ideation
    • Depression or anxiety
    • Emerging personality disorder
    • Substance misuse – providing there is a primary diagnosis of a mental health problem
    • Emotional, social and behavioural difficulties
    • Borderline/mild learning disability as a secondary diagnosis
    • Autism spectrum disorders, with a mental health primary diagnosis
  • May have a forensic history

“My daughter has just been discharged from this Cygnet hospital. After eight weeks of intensive, caring, appropriate, considerate support, I’ve just picked up a young woman who, two months ago, I was convinced would die, and is now looking forward to life. You can go to Cygnet Godden Green with confidence that they will care for you and you will be listened to.”Parent

Knole Development Centre

Knole Development Centre

Education is provided through our Knole Development Centre, which is on-site. This employs two teachers and one Inclusion Officer with a teaching back ground. The full curriculum is taught to both under and over 16s as appropriate. There is on-site provision for taking exams.

Our Facilities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Spacious communal areas
  • Outdoor sports areas
  • Training kitchen to support skills development
  • On-site Ofsted registered school
  • Gym

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