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 and 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.
Clinical Psychologists working with Looked After or Adopted Children (CPLAAC) NetworkShow content
CPLAAC is a group of interested professionals working together to share ideas, knowledge, resources and connections with the aim of improving the service we’re able to offer to children, young people and families.
We endeavour to maintain a presence and voice in multiple places and make connections and offer empathy and curiosity where we can.
A guidance booklet for Looked After Children Services has been developed with the CYP IAPT implementation group. The guidance includes 3 documents (and quick reference guides) for three areas of work:
- Outcome Measurement with Children who are Looked After in Public Care
- The Use of ROMS in Consultation for Children and Young People who are Looked After
- Statement about providing psychotherapeutic assessment and intervention within the Looked After Children (LAC) population
Within CPLAAC, the London and South East branch continues to meet quarterly for networking, peer supervision and CPD opportunities. The Branch has contributed to a recent TACT publication 'Language that Cares' and have been represented in the early discussions on the Mental Health assessment of Looked After Children that is being piloted in some Local Authorities alongside the statutory physical health assessment upon entry to care.
CPLAAC continues to actively encourage groups from other areas of the country and there are potential branches developing in the North West and South West of England.
Independent Practice NetworkShow content
The Independent Practice Network is part of the Faculty for Children, Young People & their Families and is for all Child Clinical Psychologists working in independent practice either full or part time.
The aims of the Network for Independent Practitioners (IP) within the CYPF faculty are to:
- Enable this increasing group of practitioners to share ideas for good practice, discuss professional issues, and facilitate local networking.
- Encourage reflective practice and enable peer supervision
- Liaise with other key support networks such as BPS IP Special interest Group, CYP Faculty, CYP School Network and AChiPPP to ensure that support offered is relevant and complimentary to existing structures.
The network hopes to contribute to continued professional development by identifying training needs and offering free/ low cost training events twice a year, in addition to supporting independent practitioners who wish to present their innovative work or research at conference level. Members who are signed up on their BPS contact preferences for CYPF emails will receive emails about the IPN network events. To date we have hosted some excellent speakers and further information on upcoming events and details on how to book can be found on the main BPS events page.
Some of the recent training we have hosted include:
- Splendid Isolation or Virtual Team? The impact of financial contracting on relationships with families and systems and the 'invisible team' – Working as a sole practitioner with children and families
- Good Foundations: Clinically Responsible and Safe Independent Practice - Common pitfalls for psychologists as presented by a professional indemnity representative, discussion regarding terms and agreements, contracting, information sharing and note taking.
- Communication as an IP - issues and ideas for communicating with children, young people, parents and insurance companies; via websites, social media, and Skype; within supervision; record keeping and confidentiality.
- The use of the WISC V in Independent Clinical Psychology Practice
- Being an Expert Witness
- Using ACT to help us to "make friends with fear" in Independent Practice
We are keen to hear from anyone that has an area of specialty or special interest that they would like to present at upcoming events.
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), is a forum for Paediatric Psychologists in the United Kingdom.
Our general aim is to promote the development of Paediatric Psychology within the UK, including strategic and policy influence, professional practice, clinical governance, research and training. We have links across many aspects of the BPS and many external agencies with shared aims, such as RCPsych, RCPCH and NHS England.
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?
- Children and young people with physical health needs: How psychological services contribute to the care pathway
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:
Paediatric Clinical Psychologists involved in research
How to join the PPN
If you are already a member of the Faculty of Children Young People and their Families and would like to join the PPN, or would like to check whether you are a PPN member, please email [email protected] with your BPS number.
Otherwise you must first be a member of the Faculty to join the PPN:
Join the PPN Email list
The PPN uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues.
If you are a PPN-UK member, you can ensure you receive these emails by checking your communication preferences in your BPS account, and ensure you have selected communication by email.
Special Interest Groups
The PPN is not officially affiliated with any Special Interest Groups (SIGs) but attempts to keen an up to date list of Paediatric Psychology SIGs that exist nationally. Further information can be found in the SIG Guidance document.
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