Pathway for Children and Young People with Behavioural, Emotional or Mental Health Needs

BEMH logo smThe pathway for children and young people with behavioural, emotional or mental health needs will draw together the work of current services and professionals from across Nottingham City (such as health, social care, education, youth and play, and voluntary sector services). It will help them to deliver a seamless service with positive outcomes for children and young people. The pathway does not replace current mental health services, but works alongside these services to ensure children and young people receive the most appropriate support at the earliest opportunity. If more specialist assessment or support is needed, the pathway aims to make sure this is carried out by the most appropriate service or services.

For more information follow the links on the left to find out about the pathway and how to use it.


You can download a resource pack for professionals here.

To make a referral into the pathway click here. This link will take you to Health and Care Point on a separate website hosted by Nottingham CityCare. Note that the first time you log into Health and Care point to make a referral you will be asked to register to obtain a Health and Care point ID. This ID can then be used when making all future referrals through this process. All professionals (including teachers and education staff) should select 'health/social care professional' on the referral form.

If you are already familiar with the pathway you can simply download the full pathway document here.

In case of emergency or very urgent presentation

Emergency behavioural, emotional or mental health needs should be directed to the Emergency Department at Queen's Medical Centre. An emergency is where a child or young person presents with immediate threat to their safety or well-being (such as acute presentations of self-harm, acute psychosis or medically unwell with eating disorders).

Out of hours urgent (but not emergency) behavioural, emotional or mental health needs should be directed to out of hours services. An urgent need will not present as an immediate threat to safety or well-being. Out of hours means from 5pm to 9am weekdays and at weekends. Out of hours services can be contacted by phoning the GP practice and following the instructions on the recorded message.

Within office hours the SPA (single point of access) can be contacted. More information about this can be found in this pathway website.