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What do we do?

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The Association of Child Psychotherapists is the main professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK.

We are responsible for regulating the training and practice standards for our members. We also provide information to the public about child psychotherapy and are working to increase its availability to children and young people within the public sector, including the NHS, schools and social services.

Established in 1949, we have around 900 members working in the UK and abroad. Child and adolescent psychotherapists who have qualified at one of our five recognised training schools are eligible for full membership of the ACP, which enables them to work with children in a range of settings. Those accepted as trainees by any of the recognised training bodies are eligible for student membership.

The ACP is a member of the National Children’s Bureau and Young Minds‘ Policy Group. We are committed to equal opportunities relating to gender, age, ethnicity, disability, social class and sexual orientation.

Membership of the ACP requires adherence to our rules and standards. You can download our official documents in the members section.