Young people and carers needed to help develop a new service

5th August 2022

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Participation Team for CAMHS (children and adolescent mental health services) are piloting a new service for children & young people aged 11-18 across Norfolk and Suffolk – and we would like to invite young people, parents and carers to get involved, have a say and develop our service.

How you can get involved with this project:

We are looking for people who are interested in providing us with ideas and feedback to develop this new service – and to also contribute to improving our existing services.

Two great ways to get involved in this project are by joining one of our ambassador programmes.

  • Child/Young Person Lived Experience Ambassador Programme
    A group of young people with lived experience who are in a stable place in their recovery who meet regularly. They provide invaluable contributions and suggestions that help to keep our services relevant and sensitive to people’s needs.
  • A Parent/Carer Ambassador Programme
    A group of parents/carers who provide feedback and meet to review content and evaluate our current & upcoming services.

These meetings usually take place once every 6 to 8 weeks via Microsoft Teams, and you will receive an invitation in advance.

Other ways to get involved

You can also participate by joining staff interviews (Values Based Recruitment training is offered to support this process), speak 1 to 1 with our staff by appointment, or by attending one of our specific feedback events.

Find out more

Please contact Elizabeth Bennett, our Participation Coordinator by emailing

If you decide to get involved, this will not affect the care you or your loved one is receiving.

About the service

This service (CATAT – CAMHS Alternative to Admissions Team) is being designed for young people in crisis – to support them to stay in the community with more intensive home treatment in the hope of prevention of hospital admission.

This service will also be used to reduce emergency inpatient admissions and to provide a higher intensity treatment in a home environment.

You can find more NSFT involvement opportunities here.