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What We Do

The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) is the main professional body for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists in the UK.

The ACP is an accredited register of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and is responsible for regulating the training and practice standards of child and adolescent psychotherapy across the public and private sectors. It was established in 1949 and has nearly 1000 members working in the UK and abroad.

We protect the public…

Our primary role as a professional body under the PSA is to ensure these standards continue to be met and to take appropriate action if they are not.

… and promote the profession

We are also concerned to ensure everyone who requires the highly skilled care provided by Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists can access this when and where needed. 

In this way the ACP works to ensure that the highest quality and safest services are provided to the infants, children, young people and families who need it most.