The purpose of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology is to promote the professional interests of educational and child psychologists and to develop psychology both as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.
DECP Newsletter - April 2020
DECP gives advice on how to talk to children about coronavirusShow content
DECP trainee membershipShow content
Recognising the contribution of trainees and creating a thriving community of EPs is vital for our profession. We know that access to the journal Educational & Child Psychology is currently only possible through DECP membership and that research undertaken by practising EPs can be hard for trainees to access.
The DECP is exploring the possibility of division membership being free throughout training. Trainees would only need to pay the reduced BPS membership rate of £36, plus a £21 application fee.
We hope this would contribute to the sharing of research, debate and new perspectives between those currently on training courses and the wider DECP community. We will keep you updated on our progress towards this.
From Poverty to FlourishingShow content
Work continues on the current BPS Senate Campaign and the DECP presence on an expert reference group enables us to influence government to incorporate psychological thinking and frameworks into their decision making. We are gathering research and practice evidence related to the campaign.
From Poverty to Flourishing comprises three strands intended to cover the whole lifespan:
- early years (0-5 years)
As well as efforts to alleviate or address poverty and its effects, we are interested in examples of flourishing and hope.
Examples of assets-based or strengths-based work, community psychology and innovative practice are welcome.
If you have examples of relevant practice or case studies that would illuminate EP work in any of these strands please email them to us
The Psychologist magazine is also keen to receive brief descriptions of projects or other activities that make a contribution to the From Poverty to Flourishing theme.
DECP DebateShow content
We are looking for more members to join the DECP Debate editorial team. The publication comes out four times per year and is one of the ways we hear the voices of our division.
As well as looking for contributions to the exchange of ideas and views in DECP Debate, we need EPs to take a role in keeping the publication current, representative and forward looking.
We are particularly interested in EPs currently practising in local authority services so that we can continue to represent the interests and challenges relevant to many of our members.
To express an interest in joining the editorial team, please email the editors
Statutory advice projectShow content
The project to update guidance for EPs contributing statutory advice continues.
Representatives from the DECP, the Association of Educational Psychologists and the National Association of Principal Educational Psychologists are in the process of drafting and synthesising material gathered from the really productive event held back in October.
The aim is to create best practice guidance that will be adaptable to local circumstances and needs. We hope a draft document will be ready for consultation in May.
Mental health support teamsShow content
The BPS continues to contribute to discussions about the scope, trajectory and evaluation of the mental health support team initiative.
This includes consideration of how education mental health practitioners link with school staff and work alongside EPs.
Discussion has also recently raised the possibility of difficulties a child is having being seen from a ‘within child’ perspective rather than taking full account of systemic factors.
Educational Psychologists clearly have a vital contribution to make to this work and we must continue to make our voice heard.
HCPC investigationsShow content
We are keen to support our members through potentially long and stressful proceedings when a complaint is raised with the HCPC against a practitioner.
The AEP do an excellent job of providing legal and practical support, and we would like to explore the support that we can offer alongside this
If you have ideas or suggestions, please email us.
Dyslexia working groupShow content
We continue to build on the phenomenal success of the Dyslexia Debate held in January 2019.
Watch this space for a dyslexia working group and do get in touch if you would like to contribute or join the group.
Ethical trading and quality standards guidanceShow content
In today’s changing landscape, guidance on ethical trading and adhering to quality standards is more needed than ever.
These helpful guides are available on the DECP website:
Associates neededShow content
We are seeking associates to support the work of the DECP committee.
Associates play a crucial role in contributing to campaigns and communications.
A key role is in supporting the committee to respond to government consultations on a wide range of issues.
For a recent example, see the consultation response to the Online Harms white paper.
If you would like to contribute, make your voice heard, and support the work of the DECP and BPS, please email the DECP
Sponsored researchShow content
Evidence-based practice is central to our profession and we want to support EPs to continue to undertake research throughout their careers.
We currently offer a DECP-sponsored Applied Research Award worth £3,000.
As a committee, we are aiming to increase this to £5,000 and will keep you updated.
Updates from the DECP
Schools should never threaten to take away break times from schoolchildren as a punishmentShow content
Schools should never use the threat of taking away break or lunch time from school children as a punishment, or when they are forced to catch up on unfinished work, says a new position paper from the DECP.
(Department for Education) Character and Resilience: A call for evidenceShow content
The Department for Education is seeking views on the development of character and resilience in young people.
(Centre for Mental Health) Commission for Equality in Mental Health: Call for EvidenceShow content
The Centre for Mental Health is now seeking evidence from organisations to share their knowledge, experience and understanding of mental health inequalities.
Annual General Meetings (AGMs)
Division of Educational and Child Psychology AGMShow content
The Annual General Meeting of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology will be held on Thursday 9 January 2020, 1.00pm at Park Inn by Radisson, Silver Street, Northampton, NN1 2TA
You must be signed-in to access the following material
If you have any queries regarding the AGM, nominations or resolutions please email Member Network Services
Division of Educational and Child Psychology Northern Ireland AGMShow content
Call for nominations and resolution Items 2020
The Annual General Meeting of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology - Northern Ireland (DECP NI) has been reconvened and will take place on Thursday 2 April 2020, 6:00 PM via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 597 310 425
You must be signed-in to access the following materials
If you have any queries regarding the AGM, nominations or resolutions please email Member Network Services.