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It is an outpatient service for children with mental health issues, named after Professor Sir Michael Rutter, and has an international reputation for providing a range of services and specialist treatments that include art therapy rooms, psychology assessment rooms as well as video observation suites, where clinicians can work together in assessing and deciding treatment for individual cases. Facilities also include:
- Anxiety Disorders Clinic
- Conduct Problems Clinic
- Forensic Service for Young People
- Child Traumatic Stress Clinic
- Learning Disabilities Clinic
- Autism and Related Disorders Service
- Adoption and Fostering Clinic
- Neuropsychiatry Clinic
- Adolescent eating disorders service
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder clinic
In 1994 it was estimated that at least 10% of children suffering from mental health problems requiring specialist facilities but, only 1-1.5% of children were being referred. (Garralda, M.E. 1994). Parry-Jones described Child Mental Health Services as the 'Cinderella Service' (Parry-Jones, W. 1992). The Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Adolescents is the latest in a tradition of innovation established by the Maudsley Hospital specializing in the treatment of youngsters with mental health issues.
- ↑ Garralda, M.E. (1994) (3rd Edition) Primary Care Psychiatry. In: M. Rutter, E. Taylor and L. Herson (Eds) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Modern Approaches. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications.
- ↑ Parry-Jones, W. (1992) Management in the National Health Service in Relation to Children and the Provision of Child Psychiatric Services. ACPP Newsletter, 14(1):3-8.
- International reputation for specialist child and adolescent mental health services
- Contribution to research and development