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.
A resilience and coping framework for supporting transitions back to schoolShow content
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.
Click here to download the full guidance.
Supporting care-experienced children and young people during the Covid-19 crisis and its aftermathShow content
This advice is intended for foster and kinship carers, adoptive parents, and professionals who work with care-experienced children in schools, residential care homes and other settings across the United Kingdom.
Click here to download the full guidance.
Guide for commissioners of educational psychology servicesShow content
Educational psychology services are now offered by a wide range of organisations, for example local authorities, private companies and by sole traders. There are also an increasing number of commissioners. While it is still mostly schools commissioning services, others may also choose to purchase the services of an educational psychologist (EP), e.g. health, social care and other professionals, and parents or carers. This is a guide for all commissioners of educational psychology services. It is intended to provide information that will make it easier for commissioners to choose the right service and get the best out of the service they have chosen.
Quality Standards for Educational Psychology ServicesShow content
This document provides the basis for the inspection of an Educational Psychology Service, including a self-assessment process, a moderated inspection process and a three-year validation of service quality standards. Evidence can be collected from a range of sources, including service evaluations, satisfaction surveys, performance data, compliments and complaints from service users. Trainee EPs should only be asked to complete appropriate sections.
Below you can download the full standards document and also an attending summary sheet.
Guidance on the completion of psychological advice for education health and care plansShow content
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant influence upon the role of educational psychologists in writing and producing psychological advice for education health and care (EHC) assessments.
Psychologists need to remain legally compliant with the 2014 Children and Families Act when asked to undertake psychological advice, though provision exists in the recent Coronavirus Act to allow for ‘exceptions’ to be made regarding timescales.
Government guidance states that work should be undertaken remotely where possible. At the current time, educational psychologists should not be undertaking visits to schools, homes or any other setting, to gather evidence to contribute to the writing of advice.
Consult the full document for further information.
Ethical Trading: Guidelines for practice for educational psychologists (2nd edition)Show content
This guidance offers a framework to support the thinking and decision making around ethical practice. It does not offer answers to ethical dilemmas but proposes some ways of approaching them. It is purely concerned with the ethics of delivering purchased services by EPs to a range of commissioners, such as academies, individuals and training courses.
Our focus is on safeguarding the interests of the client and promoting ethical behaviour, attitudes and judgements on the part of EPs in order to uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
This guidance is not concerned with the ethics or law relating to employment practice, although we could expect PEPs and other managers to have regard to wider ethical issues relating to the wellbeing and career development of employees.
Other guidelinesShow content
- Clarifying and developing the role of the EP in relation to all aspects of Parent and Carer Partnership, Advocacy and Training
- Delivering Psychological Therapies in Schools and Communities
- Promoting Racial Equality within Educational Psychology Services: A report from the DECP Working Party on Anti-Racism
Childrens Right to PlayShow content
In June 2019 we launched our Position Paper on Children’s Right to Play.
The paper focused on the importance of play, barriers to play, and stated our position, which was drawn from concerns about diminishing opportunities for play in the lives of children.
Authored by educational psychologists and play specialists, the position paper has proven incredibly popular, with coverage in The Independent, The Telegraph and TES.
Educational Psychology Assessment in Scotland (2014)Show content
This is an update of a position paper launched in 2005 by the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists, the British Psychological Society Scottish Division of Educational Psychology and the educational psychology training programmes in Scotland regarding practice in educational psychology assessment.