The CYPF is primarily made up of Clinical Psychologists who specialise in working with children, young people and their families, although other professions may join as Associate members.
- to influence and shape key policy around health, education and social care to improve the psychological well-being of children and families
- to promote the value of applied psychological principles and research to the world outside the profession
- to support its members to deliver high quality psychologically informed services for children, young people and families that have a positive impact on them throughout their lifespan
Networks and Devolved Nations
Clinical Psychologists in EducationShow content
Clinical Psychologists are starting to develop work with schools, and much of this work is outside of the traditional models of how Clinical Psychologists usually work. This work can develop as part of CAMHS services,and there are an increasing number of Clinical Psychologists working in independent practice who are working with individual schools. Much of this work (both in the independent sector and from CAMHS) is developing in innovative and exciting ways.
The broad aim of the network is to support Clinical Psychologists working with schools, through the following:
- developing a knowledge base of the innovative ways in which Clinical Psychologists work with schools
- developing a network of like minded colleagues
- linking colleagues who want to evaluate their work with schools
- providing a central point of contact for other Clinical Psychologists already working in this area, or who are looking to develop their work with schools
- providing a symposium at the annual faculty conference.
Clinical Psychologists Working With Adolescents & Families In Forensic Settings (CPAFFS)Show content
- Are you looking to network with other psychologists within the field, influence the development of Clinical Psychology within these services and willing to share your experiences, knowledge and expertise?
- Do you provide Clinical Psychology input to (amongst others) Youth Offending Teams/Young Offender Institutes/Secure Children’s Homes/Secure Training Centres/Forensic CAMHS/Adolescent Forensic Inpatient Services/The Court?
- Do you work with Young People who are in contact with the Criminal Justice System and/or present with high risk behaviours that could bring them into contact with it?
CPAFFS aims to provide a support and CPD events to clinical psychologists working in these settings or colleagues who are interested in this area of work. We also aim to use the network to respond to national or local consultations and influence wider policy.
CPLAAC National NetworkShow content
In increasing number of clinical psychology posts in the child and adolescent speciality have dedicated time for working with children who are Looked After or Adopted.
This can be within or outside of CAMHS, as part of inter-agency projects & services or provided by individuals working alone.
The CPLAAC National Network is an evolving group that meets two to three times a year to provide a point of contact for these clinical psychologists and other interested professionals.
Independent Practice NetworkShow content
An increasing number of Child Clinical Psychologists are moving into Independent Practice (IP) for a variety of reasons, either part time or full time. The Network for Independent Practitioners within the CYPF faculty hopes to enable this increasing group of practitioners to share ideas for good practice, identify training needs, discuss professional issues, and facilitate local networking.
The Network aims to meet these hopes through training days 3 times a year, plus facilitating a symposium at the Faculty Annual Conference on relevant issues. We also liaise with other key support networks such as Achippp and BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners to ensure that support offered is relevant and complimentary to existing structures.
Anyone is welcome to join who is a Member of the Faculty for Children, Young People & their Families, and who is either thinking about moving into independent practice or is already providing an independent service.
Infant Mental Health NetworkShow content
The Infant Mental Health Network is for all psychologists who are working with children and young people and their families.
The aim of the network is to provide up to date knowledge from neuroscience regarding early development and the implications for the 0-2 period across child and adolescent mental health work. The focus will be on representing a relational perspective from the infants’ early development and experience; drawing connections to future child and young people’s mental health including the early years and associated behavioural challenges. There is also a spotlight on parental mental health with a focus on the impact for the infant.
The core purpose is to promote a relational perspective on the development of child and an intergenerational understanding of the factors impacting the attachment relationship.
The aim of the network is to disseminate information from specialist organisations related to infant mental health such as the Association of Infant Mental Health (AIMH) and broader government related organisations such as the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Conception to Age 2.
The network exists to contribute to continued professional development by providing mutual support and information sharing as well as
- Enabling peer supervision
- Identify training needs
- Share ideas and best practice in keeping infant mental health in perspective across childhood
Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Services (FICAPS)Show content
The Forum for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Services (FICAPS) was formed in recognition of the need for Clinical Psychologists working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Tier 4 services, primarily inpatient units, to have an established professional network.
It aims to clarify and enhance the profile and practice of Clinical Psychologists working in Tier 4 services by providing a forum in which to:
- Discuss relevant ethical and professional issues
- Enable peer supervision
- Identify training needs
- Share ideas and best practice
Thereby contributing to their continued professional development.
There are currently two regional FICAPS groups; South East (SE) and the North West (NW). The NW group’s meetings take place 10.00 to 12.30 on a Monday every two months.
The South East group meet every 3 months for two hours, and use the BPS offices as a venue.
All applied Psychologists working within Tier 4 settings are welcome to attend regional and national meetings.
Learning Disability NetworkShow content
The Child Learning Disability Network is network of psychologists who are all working with children and young people who have a learning disability, and their families. This includes psychologists who are working with children and young people who have mental health concerns, and those who are working with children who have behaviour that challenges.
The network exits to provide mutual support and information sharing, and to this end it runs an email discussion list, symposium and conferences. Any psychologist who is working with children who have a learning disability is welcome to join.
Paediatric Psychology Network UK (PPN-UK)Show content
Paediatric Psychology Network UK (PPN-UK), a forum for Paediatric Psychologists in the United Kingdom.
Our general aim is to promote the development of Paediatric Psychology within the UK, including professional practice, clinical governance, research and training.
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Read more about
- How are paediatric Clinical Psychology Services organised?
- What do Paediatric Psychologists do?
- What evidence is there that Paediatric Clinical Psychologists are effective?
- What is Paediatric Psychology?
The PPN-UK blog
Following the excellent international conference in Ghent, the incoming chair of the PPN-UK, Dr Helen Griffiths, has written a blog with her reflections on the conference and the exciting potential developments arising from international collaboration:
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How to join the PPN
To join the PPN you must be a chartered member of the BPS and a member of the Faculty.