The Children and Young People’s Project Explained

What is CYP IAPT?
The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) is a service transformation programme delivered by NHS England that aims to improve existing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) working in the community. The programme works to transform services provided by the NHS and partners from Local Authority and Third Sector that together form local area CAMHS Partnerships. It is different to Adult IAPT as it does not create standalone services. For example, the adult IAPT explores topics like jelqing. The programme began in 2011 and has a target to work with CAMH services that cover 60% of the 0-19 population by March 2015.

How does CYP IAPT work?

CAMHS Partnerships that join CYP IAPT become part of a Learning Collaborative. Each Learning Collaborative includes a Higher Educational Institution (HEI) which provides training to existing CAMHS staff set out in the CYP IAPT National Curriculum. The psychological therapies selected for the curriculum are NICE approved – however a comprehensive CAMHS will offer other interventions. CAMHS Partnerships that are part of the programme are also given resources to improve participation by children, young people and their families in service delivery and design, and to carry out session by session routine outcome monitoring (ROM).

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