Independent quality mark for child and adolescent psychotherapists

The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) has been approved for registration with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and the ACP’s register has been accredited under the Accredited Registers programme.

This means that service users and the public will be able to choose a child psychotherapist from a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This is an independent statutory body, accountable to Parliament.

Child psychotherapists registered with the ACP can now display the Accredited Register quality mark.

ACP Chair Heather Stewart said:

“The quality mark is important for our practitioners who have undergone a rigorous NHS training in child mental health settings and are serious about maintaining high standards in clinical practice.

“This is also good news for the public - letting them know that anyone who holds the mark sits on an independently regulated register as approved by the Professional Standards Authority.”

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority, said:

“We are very pleased to accredit the ACP’s register of child and adolescent psychotherapists, bringing them as professionals into a broad framework of assurance. This is good for patients, service users and the public, promoting quality.

“The programme also offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services, and gives child psychotherapists the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to good practice.”

Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of ACP. Neither does it does mean that the Authority has endorsed a particular treatment. Accreditation does mean, however, that the ACP’s register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and information.

“This is a positive step for us as a recognised clinical profession,” adds ACP Chair Heather Stewart.

Further information about Accredited Registers is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk/accredited-registers.