First Steps

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  • Early access to a children and young people's mental health service (0-18) for mild to moderate psychological problems.
  • A range of individusl and group interventions.
  • Parenting support. 
  • Mental health promotion and teaching, training and consultation to frontlinr professionals working with children and young people. 
  • Development of projects which support and empower parents and community groups. 
  • Referral onto tier 3 specialist CAMHS if required. 

Eligibility criteria


We work with children and adolescents:

  • Aged 0-18 years.
  • With mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • With a GP in City & Hackney. 
  • Where the legally responsible parent/guardian has given consent for referral. 
  • Who have psychological difficulties which are likely to be helped by a short-term psychological intervention. 



First Steps are unable to work with families who are currently working with Children’s Social Care. If you have concerns about your child’s emotions, behaviour or relationships, please discuss these with your Social Worker and they will be able to organise support for you.

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Nurses

EMIS form

Referral methods: EMIS managed referral

GP Referrals

t: 02070147135


Professionals supporting families such as GP, School Staff or Family Support Practitioner can refer using the Referral Form available via EMIS.

Editable PDF / Word document Download Form

Referral methods: e-Referrals



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t: 020 70147135