The Link team take referrals for children, young people aged 3 to 18 years living in Redcar and Cleveland who are experiencing emotional well-being or emerging mental health difficulties. We encourage referrals from a range of professionals including CAMHS, GP’s, Social Workers, School and Health Visitors etc. To refer a child/young person to The LINK please complete the referral form below and email to [email protected] or post to Dove House, 5 Turner Street, Redcar, TS10 1AY. Consent from a parent/guardian is necessary and we would appreciate it if you could attempt to complete each section with as much information as possible.

If you have any questions about a referral please contact us on 01642 505580.


What makes a good referral?

Below are some pointers to consider/include when making a referral to Tier 2 or 3 service provision in
Redcar and Cleveland.

Reason for Referral

  • What are the specific difficulties that you want the service to address?
  • How long has this been a problem and why is the family seeking help now?
  • Is the problem situation specific or more generalised?
  • Your understanding of the problem/issues involved?
  • What has been tried already – include any interventions tried within school for example counselling?
    Further Helpful Information
  • Who else is living at home and details of separated parents if appropriate?
  • Who else has been or is professionally involved and in what capacity?
  • Has there been any previous contact with any emotional well-being or mental health services? If
    so what was the outcome.
  • Has/is been any previous contact with Social Care? If so what was the outcome?
  • Details of any known protective factors
  • Any relevant history i.e. family, life events and/or health development

Referrals for Children and Young people who Self-Harm

Self-harm is a term used when someone injures or harms themselves on purpose rather than by accident. Common examples include overdosing (self-poisoning), hitting, cutting, or burning oneself, pulling hair or picking skin or self-strangulation. Self-harm is ALWAYS a sign of something being seriously wrong.

Everyone who has taken an overdose or tried to kill themselves needs an urgent assessment by a doctor as soon as possible, even if they look ok. Usually this means an examination at the nearest emergency department (A&E). If you are unsure whether the young person was suicidal or not, it is best to act cautiously and take them to hospital. With overdose, the harmful effects can sometimes be delayed and treatment with medication may be needed.  Paracetamol is the most common medicine taken as an overdose in Britain. It can cause serious liver damage and each year leads to many deaths. Even small overdoses can sometimes be fatal.

If the young person is self-harming by cutting themselves or in other ways, it is still important that they have help. If they are actively self-harming ring The Ridings – Duty Worker for consultation on 01642 516755


If you have concerns that a child is being abused or neglected, or that they may be at risk of harm, you should contact: The Access Team, Redcar Children's Services on 01642 771500 Or Emergency Duty Team (outside office hours) Tel: 08702 402994. In an emergency, contact the Police on 999.


We offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm on 0808 802 5544 (free for mobiles and landlines).


If you're struggling with how you feel and need to talk, these organisations are there to listen. Don't suffer in silence - pick up the phone, drop them a line or visit their websites.