Interim Statement regarding the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Pathway:
In Bolton, we are currently revising the ADHD pathway for children. Bolton’s ADHD diagnostic pathway is for children and young people registered with a Bolton GP from aged 5, up until a young person’s 18th birthday.
As with any multiagency process, we expect the lead professional to gather the relevant information and initiate a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) if they have concerns about possible ADHD, which impacts on the child in their daily life.
For children attending schools and colleges, this referral is typically made by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or education professional.
For those not attending school but on role in a school, this should be coordinated by the SENCO (if they hold relevant information) with support from agencies with current involvement e.g., Public Health Nursing, GPs.
For those children and young people who are Electively Home Educated (EHE), responsibility sits with the EHE Officer at the Achievement, Cohesion and Integration Service (ACIS). If concerns about disordered conduct and suspected ADHD are raised, the professional should contact the Electively Home Educated Officer who will further liaise with appropriate professionals.