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Portman clinic for children and young people


Children, Young people

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What we do

We offer specialist long-term help for children, young people and adults with disturbing sexual behaviours, criminality and violence.

We help children and young people who are living with problems arising from:

  • delinquent behaviour
  • criminal behaviour
  • violent behaviour
  • paraphilic disorders
  • problematic sexual behaviours (disturbing and damaging sexual behaviours or experiences).

We help children and young people who may be excluded or rejected by other services because of their past or present behaviours.

We’ll be respectful and sensitive whatever your history.

What to expect

We usually work with all or some of your family or carers. The active support of family or carers is often essential to effective assessment and treatment. You need to be accompanied by a responsible carer or parent on the way to and at the clinic as well as on leaving the clinic.

If appropriate, you may be offered individual child psychotherapy sessions and your parents or carers are seen sometimes as necessary.

How to access this service

If you feel you would benefit from our service, we accept self-referrals or you can speak to your GP or other appropriate professional.

For referrals, and if you have any initial questions please contact us at

NHS e-Referral Service

To locate the service on the NHS e-Referral Service, enter the following in the search fields:

  • Service name: Portman Clinic – Tavistock & Portman NHSFT
  • Priority: Routine
  • Specialty: Mental Health – Adults of all ages
  • Clinic type: Not Otherwise Specified
  • Organisation of site name field: Tavistock And Portman NHS Foundation Trust