Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service

The Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service (CYFOS) is a specialist forensic service within the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS). We respond to the needs of young people with mental health issues, who are currently involved with, or at significant risk of involvement with the criminal justice system.

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

This service is available to young people attending mental health and/or youth justice services and living South of Rockhampton to the border of Queensland and New South Wales.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are accepted from:

  • Child and Youth Mental Health Services
  • Youth Justice Services.

Information for health professionals

The primary objective of the Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service is to respond to the needs of young people with mental health issues, who are currently involved with, or at significant risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. The Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service is based within the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS) and utilises an outreach model to provide services across the Central and Southern Cluster Networks. The service operates within a multidisciplinary framework, drawing on staff from psychiatry, psychology, social work, mental health nursing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and administrative staff.

What services does the Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service provide?

  • Specialised forensic assessments on threat, violence, sexual and arson risk.
  • Assistance with the development of risk management and recovery plans.
  • Offence-specific treatment interventions to young people deemed to pose a high risk of serious offending.
  • Mental health assessments of young people who are presenting to Children’s Courts or are on Youth Justice Orders.
  • Short-term mental health interventions to Youth Justice consumers where deemed appropriate and viable.
  • Linkages to mental health and support services.
  • Consultation and advice on forensic mental health issues in young people.

Eligibility criteria

Young people must be aged between 10-18 years and who are current involved with Youth Justice or Child and Youth Mental Health Services (including Evolve Therapeutic Services).

Eligibility for a Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service referral is a clinical decision based on the complexity of the presenting issues, risk factors and level of impairment for the child, young person and/or family.

Referral instructions

To make a referral request, phone the Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service Intake Officer.
t: 07 3310 9444
e: chq-cymhs-cyfos@health.qld.gov.au

Contact details

t: 07 3310 9444
e: chq-cymhs-cyfos@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm.

Resources

Child and Youth Mental Health Service locations map