Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service
Who are we?
We are a specialist service in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS). We can help CYMHS or Evolve Therapeutic Services consumers who are currently involved with, or are at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system.
Why have you been asked to speak to us?
If your treating team are worried that your behaviour may be against the law or they are worried you could harm someone they may ask you to meet with us.
The sort of behaviours that might be a problem are, fire lighting, violence or inappropriate sexual behaviour.
Speaking to us about these problems will only happen with your consent. With your permission we may speak to people who know you well, such as your parents, carers and your teachers.
The information you give us will stay confidential. If we need to share your information with someone else, we will make sure we talk to you first. We will not discuss your information without your permission unless we are worried about your safety or the safety of others.
How can we help?
We will speak to you about your behaviour that is causing problems. We will try to understand why the behaviour is happening and what can be done to help.
There are lots of reasons why young people’s behaviour can get them into trouble. Sometimes young people don’t understand that their behaviour is causing problems. Sometimes young people know their behaviour is causing problems, but don’t know how to stop.
We can work with you and your clinicians to figure out the best way to help.
For more information
If you would like more information you can speak with your CYMHS or Evolve Therapeutic Services clinician.