General Adolescent Mental Health Services

Cygnet Hospital Godden Green provides an acute Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) service over two wards for young people aged between 12 and 18 years old. The wards, Knole (16 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.

Referrals are accepted from all over the UK and we are able to undertake emergency admissions.

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The video below is a tour of Godden Green’s CAMHS service written and narrated by service users.

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

Care Pathway

The aim of the CAMHS service at Cygnet Hospital Godden Green is to help the young people stabilise and return home as soon as possible.

Most young people will first be admitted on 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 the young people to move to Littleoaks, which is an even more homely environment. Up to eight young people can be supported in Littleoaks.


The wards are supported by a full and diverse MDT including a consultant psychiatrist, two clinical psychologists, BACP registered therapists, nurses, healthcare assistants, a social worker and others.

“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 of service user

One therapy which 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.

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 be detained under the Mental Health Act or informal – a young person must be detained if they are being admitted to a PICU or low secure service
  • May have a forensic history

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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Carer Support in CAMHS
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