Griffin Ward – Low Secure Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Gender: Mixed

Age: 12-18

Beds: 15

Griffin Ward is a 15 bed low secure service that positively supports young people who may need a longer stay in an inpatient setting within a low secure environment. It offers a care and treatment pathway for individuals who may have complex mental health issues and whose needs and risk are such they need to be supported in this environment.

The ward focuses on working with individuals to understand their mental health and their risks and support their recovery. This enables them to be successfully discharged to a less restrictive environment and to reduce the possibility of relapse.

“Our son’s ‘look on life’ has improved immensely since then and believe this is down to the professional and helpful staff they have on hand, which is 24-7. The staff are also fantastic at putting the patients loved ones at ease, giving advice and comfort where possible.”Parent

Having a PICU, a general adolescent acute service and a low secure service on one site provides a clear therapeutic pathway through the services.

There is a diverse educational programme in place, so that young people can continue their education at the same time as receiving treatment. Education is provided by our on-site Phoenix School, which has a ‘Good’ rating with Ofsted.

“You have a fantastic staff team! I can’t thank you or them for the amount of support I receive day in day out! I have never made this much progress in my time in hospital. I have found hope again. I am thriving and I could never do it without your staff team”Young person

Our service user profile:

  • Age 12-18
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Diagnosis of:
    • Psychosis
    • Self-harm and/or suicidal ideation
    • Depression or anxiety
    • Emerging personality disorder
    • Substance misuse – providing there is a primary diagnosis of a mental health problem
    • Emotional, social and behavioural difficulties
    • Borderline/mild learning disability as a secondary diagnosis
    • Autism spectrum disorders, with a mental health primary diagnosis
  • May have a forensic history

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • 3 separate lounges
  • Outdoor sports areas
  • Multi Faith Room
  • Gym
  • Sensory room
  • On-site Ofsted registered school (Phoenix School)
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Referrals are now being taken and can be made by contacting the Cygnet referrals team via 0808 164 4450 or by emailing [email protected].

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