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DCP Faculty for Children, Young People, and their Families

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.

About

Our aims:

  • 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

Contact us

The first point of contact for any queries regarding the work of the DCP Faculty of Children, Young People and their Families (CYPF) should be the Member Network Services Team.

The Member Network Services team provides support to all our Member Networks.

Contact the Member Networks Team

Faculty sub-groups

Clinical Psychologists in Education

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 likeminded 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 

How to join

If you are already a member of the Faculty of Children Young People and their Families and would like to join the CPs in Education network please email [email protected] with your BPS number.

Otherwise you must first be a member of the faculty to join.

Clinical Psychologists working with Looked After or Adopted Children (CPLAAC) Network

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. 

How to join

If you are already a member of the Faculty of Children Young People and their Families and would like to join the CPLAAC network please email [email protected] with your BPS number.

Otherwise you must first be a member of the faculty to join. 

Forum for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Services (FICAPS)

The Forum for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Services (FICAPS) was formed in recognition of the need for Clinical Psychologists working in Inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), to have an established professional network.

Our aim is 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 and share ideas and best practice.

We meet together virtually across the country every 3 months and also hold a National FICAPS Conference every 18 months. 

How to join

If you are already a member of the Faculty of Children Young People and their Families and would like to join FICAPS please email [email protected] with your BPS number.

Otherwise you must first be a member of the faculty to join. 

Contact details

  • Dr Paul Abeles
    Consultant Clinical Psychologist
    Galaxy House, RMCH, Manchester
    [email protected]

Learning Disability Network

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. 

How to join

If you are already a member of the Faculty of Children Young People and their Families and would like to join the LD network please email [email protected] with your BPS number.

Otherwise you must first be a member of the faculty to join. 

Paediatric Psychology Network UK (PPN-UK)

The 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. 

How to join 

If you are already a member of the Faculty of Children Young People and their Families and would like to join the PPN 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 member portal, and ensure you have selected communication by email. 

Contact details 

Email the PPN-UK directly on [email protected].

Follow us on X: @ThePPN_UK 

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Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review - Autumn 2023

Child and Family Clinical Psychology Review

The review's mission is to promote and share good quality clinical writing and research expressing a range of views and ideas.

Child and Family Clinical Psychology Review 2024 – call for papers

We are putting a call out for papers for the next edition of our flagship journal, The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review, which will be titled: From shallow roots to developing fruits: working together to help children and families without permanent homes thrive and grow.

Following on from our 2022-23 theme 'Hear me, don't blame me' which focussed on trauma informed and non-blaming approaches to working with children, young people and their families, in 2024 we are maintaining a trauma-informed, non-blaming perspective but with a focus on children and young people who do not have permanent homes and/or are living in temporary arrangements.

This could be for a variety of reasons including being:

  • Homeless and/or living in temporary accommodation and/or having frequent moves
  • An asylum seeker or refugee
  • In the care system
  • In the criminal justice system
  • In a family fleeing domestic abuse

The number of children and young people in some of these groups is rising, and whilst we recognise that not all of them will be struggling, we are concerned that they are often disproportionately affected by a range of issues and challenges compared with the wider population.

This is compounded by intersectionality, with some ethnic groups, socio-economic groups or genders over-represented and perhaps experiencing additional difficulties as a result. Despite this, we know that support and services may be harder for these children, young people and their families to access.

We are encouraged that there is an increasing recognition of these issues, and at a local level, there are examples of good practice and innovative approaches.

Within the Review we would like to explore a variety of ways of improving psychological wellbeing for children and young people who do not have permanent homes and/or are living in temporary arrangements, and their families.

This may include direct and indirect support and intervention and multi-agency work, but also consideration of what is needed at a systems level.

We are interested in hearing from a range of settings and authors and would encourage papers co-produced by young people or parents/carers as well as from professionals.

Please send us a short expression of interest before writing your article. The editorial team is also happy to discuss possible submissions. We can be contacted via Rachel Bradley [email protected]

Articles should be around 2,500-3,500 words, and no longer than 5,000 words, including references. Please include a 250-300 word summary box of up to five bullet points outlining the key points of your article.

Submissions should comply with the BPS style guide.

Please ensure that your contact details (email and/or postal address), are included at the end of the article. Also:

  • Include the first names of all authors and any relevant job titles and affiliations
  • Please include a word count at the end (including references)
  • Do not include tables and figures unless they are essential and save space or add to the article. All figures should be in black and white and easily reproducible
  • We reserve the right to shorten, amend and hold back copy if needed

Please send submissions by Friday 31 May 2024 to [email protected].

Our target publication date is November 2024.

Latest articles - Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review

  • Periodicals

Learning from children and families: delivery of remote therapy for PTSD - The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review

Volume: 1 Issue: 8

Author(s): Eleanor Rowsell

Faculty for Children, Young People, and their Families
  • Periodicals

Development of the medical admission pack project: Utilising the expert-by-experience voice to improve experiences of medical admissions in young people with eating disorders - The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review

Volume: 1 Issue: 8

Author(s): Chloe Morris, Poppy Cliff

Faculty for Children, Young People, and their Families
  • Periodicals

The Red Kite Questionnaire for Understanding Experiences of Services Together (Re-QUEST): A Co-produced PREM for an inpatient CYPMH service - The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review

Volume: 1 Issue: 8

Author(s): Lucy Calvert, Ruth Sutherland, Emily Booth, Holly Murray

Faculty for Children, Young People, and their Families
  • Periodicals

The role of trauma-informed formulation in increasing compassionate and person-centred care within youth forensic services - The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review

Volume: 1 Issue: 8

Author(s): Amy Toolis, Sarah Parry

Faculty for Children, Young People, and their Families
  • Periodicals

Introduction to the review - The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review

Volume: 1 Issue: 8

Author(s): Rachel Bradley

Faculty for Children, Young People, and their Families

Research Awards

We are inviting applications for one of three awards for research that has demonstrated innovation, impact, and benefit for the psychological wellbeing of children, young people, families, and/or children's services (e.g., mental and physical health services, education settings, local authority services, etc.). The winner of each award will receive £200 in vouchers and winners will be announced at the Faculty conference in November 2024.

Undergraduate/Masters Dissertation Award

This award recognises outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge relating to children, young people and families, arising from the completion of a dissertation during a BPS-accredited undergraduate or Masters degree in psychology. Applicants for this award do not have to be members of the BPS.

Clinical Psychology Trainee Thesis Award

This award recognises outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge relating to children, young people and families, arising from research completed as part of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Applicants for this award do not have to be members of the BPS.

Clinical Psychologist Research Award

This award recognises outstanding contributions to psychological theory and practice relating to children, young people and families. The research may take the form of an audit, evaluation, service development, multimethod knowledge generation, review, or clinical trial, for example. The application will be assessed for the impact the research has had on young people, families and services, innovation for research and practice, and the resulting benefits to individuals and/or systems.

Applicants for this award need to be members of the DCP and/or the Faculty for Children, Young People and Families.

Submission instructions

The deadline for submissions is 01 September 2024.

Submissions can be made by the person completing the project or by their tutor/supervisor. The project should have been completed after 01 September 2022.

Please submit a 500-word statement and one optional A4 page of supporting evidence as to how the project was innovative, had a positive impact, and benefitted the psychological wellbeing of children, young people, families, and/or children's services. 

Submissions will be judged according to the expected scope and scale of projects at each award level. The judging panel will be a sub-group of committee members from the Faculty for Children, Young People and Families.

Make a submission for one of our awards now

If you have any issues accessing this link please contact [email protected].

Committee

Chair: Rachel Bradley

Past Chair: Helen Griffiths

Publication and Communication Officer: Bethanne Willingham

Committee Members

  • Deborah Thorp
  • Debbra Mortlock
  • Sarah Parry
  • Liam Gilligan
  • Irena Komendova
  • Elisa Marcellino
  • Helen O'Connor

Forum for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Services (FICAPS) representative: Paul Abeles

Learning Disability Network representative: Bethanne Willingham

Paediatric Psychology Network UK (PPN-UK) representative: Yvonne Vance

Clinical Psychologists in Education representative: Helen O'Connor

Pre-Qualifications representative: Kate Cudmore

Wales representative: Bethan Phillips

Join

Apply to join the faculty (students, affiliates, e-subscribers)

Apply to join the faculty (graduate, chartered, and in-training members)

Membership of the Faculty for Children, Young People, and their Families is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

There are three grades of faculty membership:

  • Full membership

    For psychologists who are Full Members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and who work in or have an interest or expertise in the field of children and young people.

  • Affiliate membership

    For psychologists who are General (Pre-Training) and In-Training members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP). Affiliate members may take part in discussions but may not vote.

  • Associate membership

    For General members of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and non-Division members. Associate members may take part in discussions but may not vote.

If you are not already a member, you can join the faculty at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

Apply to join the society

Benefits of belonging

The Faculty supports members to deliver high quality psychologically informed services for children, young people and their families through our regular newsletters, CPD events, conference, publications on specific topics and the Child and Family Clinical Psychology Review. 

To receive newsletters Faculty members need to opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address. These preferences can be updated by logging into the member portal.

For any queries, please contact Member Network Services

The Faculty also has a number of sub-groups relating to specialist areas with the field of Children, Young People and their Families. Membership of the sub-groups is free for Faculty members.

More information about the sub-groups can be found on the 'About' tab.

To join a faculty sub-group please contact Member Network Services stating which sub-group you would like to join.

Join the Faculty Committee

The work of the Faculty is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers who have joined the main Faculty committee or support the running of the different sub-groups.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.

The experience of being part of this can be very rewarding personally and professionally and we are always pleased to hear from members who would like to become involved.

If you would like to find out more please contact Member Network Services.