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Cairns Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service

The Cairns Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service (CCYFOS) provide assessments to young people appearing before Childrens court or for those who may be at risk of such involvement.

Assessments are undertaken with young people who have mental health issues or where concerns are raised about their cognitive capacity, which could impact on their ability to participate in their court proceedings.

The objectives of the service are to facilitate early access, detection and intervention to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people presenting to court.

Who can access this service?

Children and young people aged between 10 and 18 years who are experiencing severe and complex mental health and behavioural difficulties.

Catchment area

Any young person scheduled to appear before the Childrens Court who resides within the hospital and health services of Cairns and Hinterland and Torres and Cape, Queensland.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a formal referral to access this service.

Who can refer?

Referrals are received from youth justice, magistrates, solicitors and other court stakeholders. Young people and their families are also able to self-refer directly to the service.

Information for health professionals

The CCYFOS provides assessment and support services to young people appearing before Childrens court.

Our services include:

  • Mental health, fitness for trial and soundness of mind assessments
  • Referrals to appropriate support services to facilitate access to intervention and ensure continuity of care
  • Psycho-education to young people, families and court stakeholders on mental health and developmental issues

Who can access this service?

Children and young people aged between 10 and 18 years who are experiencing severe and complex mental health and behavioural difficulties.

Our Health Team

  • Assistant Clinical Director
  • Clinical Lead
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Forensic Mental Health Clinicians – Psychologists/Social Workers/Occupational Therapists or Nurses
  • Indigenous Mental Health Worker

Referral Procedure

Refer directly to a Forensic Mental Health Clinician by calling 07 4226 5280 or via email at CairnsCYFOS@health.qld.gov.au.

Last updated: 28 October 2019

Contact Us

Location
Cairns Government Building
Level 1, 104 Grafton Street
Cairns  QLD  4870

Postal Address
PO Box 268N
Cairns North  QLD  4870

Phone: 07 4226 5280
Fax: 07 4226 5255