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 - June 2020
2021 DECP ConferenceShow content
TEP Conference: 13 January 2021
Main Conference: 14-15 January 2021
Please continue to hold these dates in your diary for the annual DECP conference. We are continuing to plan for this and will explore online options as an alternative if we are not able to host an in-person event. We are looking forward to our annual chance to connect up as a whole community!
Inclusion position paperShow content
While observing the devastating effects of various separations in society, educational psychologists are now invited to join in with reflecting on inclusion as a potential source of action.
The Debate Editorial Board and Inclusion Working Party for the DECP invite you to read the position paper that was originally produced by colleagues working with the DECP in 1985. Please let us know your ideas for how this work might be developed and taken forward by getting in touch via email.
Read the position paper. (Please note - you must use this private link to access the paper on the BPS website, where you can then download it).
Covid-19 confinement workstream groupShow content
Members of the DECP (both committee and membership) have been active in working with the wider BPS network to contribute to the society’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A key element of this work has been a cross-profession workstream group focused on supporting vulnerable people in our society, including children. DECP members involved in the workstream group have worked with psychologists in different fields, including those who work with older adults and adults with learning disabilities, to discuss the issues facing different people, as well as the strengths and resources that exist at an individual or community level.
This has been a valuable, enjoyable and productive experience for all involved and we hope paves the way for more cross-profession collaboration over time. We have led on and contributed to a range of resources we hope you find useful:
Teacher resilience during Coronavirus school closures
Psychological assessment undertaken remotely
UK school closures - support and advice
Parenting young babies while self isolating and social distancing
Talking to children about Coronavirus
Supporting refugees and asylum seekers during the Coronavirus pandemic
News and updatesShow content
We are continuing to work with the HCPC to find ways for final year trainees to join, perhaps on a temporary register, to support the move into employment as a psychologist.
Psychological Governance working group
The DECP participates in this working group which seeks to establish the BPS as the primary voice of psychology in government. The BPS aims not just to change policy, but to change how policy is made. The working group is engaged in discussions around cognitive processing, decision-making and concepts such as group think. It’s another example of a society-wide initiative that we are actively participating in to represent the voices of educational psychologists.
DECP trainee membership
As an update to this item, our TEPAG group is seeking to provide a clear guide on fees as we know the fee structure can be a little confusing.
The BPS website says:
If you are unable to pay the full fee due to special circumstances i.e. you are on maternity leave/carers leave, we can offer a 50% (£67) reduction on your main subscription.
If you are unemployed, we can reduce your main subscriptions fees to 26% (£36).
Please inform us of your current circumstances, quoting your membership number, as below.
Tel 0116 252 9911 or email the membership team.
Anti-racism and Black Lives MatterShow content
As a committee, we are keen to engage, listen and be responsive to current events in the UK and around the world. We are working on how we can state our commitment to enquiry and change (for example, in our strategic plan) and we want our membership to know this is a responsibility we take seriously. We are also planning what actions and next steps look like for us.
We want to continue to invite our members into an ongoing conversation about issues such as systemic inequality, institutional racism and diversity within our own profession. We are keen to hear from you about what you think we could be doing as a committee, as a profession and as individuals (and also examples, if you would like to share). Please do email us if you would like to be involved further with this work.
DECP guidance on school returnShow content
The DECP has published new guidance to support education professionals to meet the psychological needs of children as they plan for their return to school during the Coronavirus crisis.
This resource will support psychologists working with schools to keep in mind a broader perspective, focusing on the school and the wider community.
Bronfenbrenner’s ecosystemic framework is used as a way to consider how school return can function at different levels so that physical and psychological safety for all is at the forefront. The guidance also sets out advice for supporting key transitions and how best to help children learn within current constraints.
New resilience and coping framework for supporting children going back to schoolShow content
We've also produced new guidance to help children, particularly those who are vulnerable, cope with the return to school.
The guidance supports schools to help children go back to school in a positive way, focusing on strengths, hope and children’s ability to cope, rather than the language of risk, trauma, damage or illness. The current situation has been a collective experience and this may promote a sense of belonging for children and young people.
Updates from the DECP
Committee Vacancy: Year 2 Trainee Educational Psychologist (TEP) RepresentativeShow content
DECP Year 2 Trainee Educational Psychologist (TEP) Representative
A vacancy has arisen for a Trainee Educational Psychologist (TEP), who will be in year 2 in September 2020.
The DECP committee meets six times a year. Typically four of the meetings are in the London office, starting at 10.00am and usually finishing by 4.00pm. One meeting is held at the beginning of the annual conference in January and a further longer meeting, which includes an overnight stay, is held in September. Currently, due to COVID 19, these meetings will all take place virtually. All expenses are met, but there is no fee for attendance.
Alongside the committee, there is an active TEP associate group. This aims to have a representative from each training course and is facilitated by Rachel Meyrick, incoming Year 3 TEP rep and the incoming Year 2 TEP rep on the committee.
The work of the committee is varied and includes organising the annual conference which has an additional day devoted to the dissemination of TEPs’ research. The committee contributes to the Society’s responses to government consultations and is actively involved in matters relating to the future professional training and also has a strong focus on professional support. The committee is committed to equality and diversity and the representation of a wide range of backgrounds and those who are newer to the profession. This is essential to contribute to the further development of the DECP and to ensure that committee activities are relevant to all its members. In order to facilitate this we are removing the requirement for TEPs to be an ‘In Training’ member of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) and we are actively encouraging applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups.
The post is on an annual basis. However, it is hoped that the Year 2 TEP would consider continuing as a Year 3 member the following year. The post would begin as soon as possible and the new committee member would be most welcome to join the committee meeting on the 6 November via Zoom.
If there are any queries, they can be addressed to the DECP Committee via Samantha Smith (Division Co-ordinator) [email protected]
If you are interested please complete a ‘Statement of Interest’ form with the post you are interested in, “DECP Year 2 TEP Rep”, by 23 October 2020.
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
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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
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