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.
Updates from the DECP
DECP pledge to challenge structural racismShow content
As we look back at Black History Month (October 2020) when we celebrated the amazing contributions made by the black community, we also believe that it is important to reflect on the inequalities that have been highlighted this year and the pain and frustration that this may have caused our members.
We believe that it is important to challenge structural racism, and as part of our commitment to do so, the DECP want to take the opportunity to share some of the work that we as a committee have engaged in to date, and the plans we have going forward.
We are reliant on working together with our members who make up the DECP; hearing their voices and working collaboratively to ensure that any work we undertake is representative, meaningful and effective.
We also want to take the opportunity to thank the groups and individuals who have taken the time to meet with us to help shape this important work.
The DECP pledge to continue to challenge structural racism and remove the barriers that affect current and potential members of the profession and the children and young people Educational Psychologists (EP) work with.
Call for educational psychologists with expertise and interest in anti-racism and inclusionShow content
The Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) are looking for 12 educational psychologists with the expertise to form an implementation group which will have as its core function the aim to promote anti-racism and inclusion within the profession, encapsulated in an action plan that will be developed, reviewed and reported upon by its members to the DECP committee. The plan will focus on previous work undertaken by the DECP committee, including the 2006 DECP Anti-racism paper and will sit alongside new actions and priorities that fit in with the British Psychological Society's Presidential Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion.
The group will comprise current and in-training educational psychologists at main grade and senior levels, together with representatives from the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP), National Association of Principal Educational Psychologists (NAPEP), university programmes and interest groups whose purpose and objectives are directly relevant to the work of the implementation group.
The work of the implementation group will feed into the DECP strategic plan and include:
promotion of a diverse educational psychology workforce, from applications for doctoral training courses to representation in senior positions within the profession
advising on the most effective ways of monitoring equity, diversity and inclusion across the profession
promoting practice that helps our members to challenge unequal or racist practice in the community we serve
Educational psychologists who want to get involved will need to submit a statement of interest. This must include a statement of up to 500-words on their knowledge and experience, along with examples of relevant research or practice.
Click here to submit your statement of Interest. IMPORTANT: If you are not a BPS Member type '0000' when prompted to enter your membership number.
Division of Educational and Child Psychology: EDI Implementation Group Terms of Reference (last updated November 2020)
Deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 28 January.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend the first meeting of the group on the afternoon of February 12th 2021.
For enquiries please contact [email protected] quoting 'DECP Implementation Group'.
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.
DECP Newsletter - June 2020
2021 DECP ConferenceShow content
TEP Conference: 13 January 2021
Main Conference: 25 - 26 March 2021 - Half Days Times TBC
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.
Annual General Meetings (AGMs)
Division of Educational and Child Psychology AGM 2021Show content
The Annual General Meeting of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology will be held on Friday 15 January 2021 at 1.45pm via Zoom
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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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