CAMHS Service

Brenin Ward

Brenin is a low secure unit which admits females detained under the mental health act (Section 2 or 3) aged between 13-18 years.


The programmes offered on Brenin are both in house and community based, with both therapy and independent living skills in mind. The programmes are individualised, with many activities being group but some are run on an individual basis, allowing our recovery plans to be person centred.


Some sessions offered A by the team are also underpinned by ASDAN enabling young people to gain a qualification as well as undertake therapy essential for their mental health need

Treatment Programme

A young person can be admitted to our service if they are displaying one or more of the stated behavioural characteristics:

  • Aggression and violence to units, people and property

  • Absconding: usually periodic or persistent and the consequences are serious enough to warrant continued treatment in low secure setting.

  • Suicidal behaviour: Usually high risk for extended periods

  • Presenting with behaviour that cannot be managed safely in an open environment

  • There are significant risks in relation to mental disorder or short term risk/ symptoms requiring stabilisation

  • Patients with enduring mental health problems that require a low secure setting


  • Patients in an acute phase of mental illness, with associated high risk behaviours

  • Patients requiring a less stimulating environment

  • Patients on specialist treatment requiring full compliance in the short term

  • Patients requiring an enhanced level of engagement, over the short term


Treatment is provided by a full time multi-disciplinary team led by a CAMHS Consultant. The team consists of, but is not limited to, Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Schema Therapy, Art Therapy, Education and Occupational Therapy. The programme includes both group and 1:1 sessions which are designed following robust assessment and monitored using outcome measures. Risk assessment forms an important part of the recovery process for the young person, the team will utilise assessments such as FACE or SAVRY as well as a baseline risk assessment. Interventions used include ACT, CBT and DBT principles, behavioural management and pharmacological.

Programmes are personal to each young person therefore using effective strategies and treatment for them as individuals. Therapy will include working with families/carers and schools, where appropriate, to ensure programmes incorporate health, social and education dimensions. Young people are actively involved in the planning of their care, which starts with their care plans, risk assessments and MDT weekly review. Placing them at the centre of the treatment aims to make them feel empowered and proactive in the rehabilitation.

Admission Criteria