The Service currently operates three group provisions for Key Stage 4 pupils with profound mental health difficulties and Belfast Hospital School operates a fourth provision. Due to the necessity of a thorough mental health risk assessment, access to these provisions is only through referrals from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This is specifically tailored to the needs of pupils and places an emphasis on educational attainment alongside a strong pastoral programme.
Pupils are referred by Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service’s (CAMHS) who because of their mental health cannot attend school.
It must be emphasised that referrals can only be accepted from the relevant Health and Social Care Trust due to the need to maintain and constantly update the FACE risk assessment.
Full time provision is based in the following locations:
- Education Intensive Therapy (EDIT), Derry/Londonderry
EDIT provision is for pupils who are under the care of Western Health and Social Care Trust CAMHS Team only.
- Time Out for Positive Steps (TOPS1), Belfast
TOPS1 provision is for pupils under the care of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust CAMHS Team only and is provided by Belfast Hospital School.
- Time Out for Positive Steps (TOPS 2), Beechcroft Education Unit, Belfast
TOPS2 supports pupils in South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust CAMHS Team.
- Newtownabbey Educational Guidance Centre (NEGC), Newtownabbey
NEGC supports young people in Newtownabbey area, referrals are presently via ETA Referral Panel.