Working with under 18 year olds: Guidance for IAPT services

This document provides guidance to those working in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, as well as commissioners and providers of services, regarding working with under 18 year olds.

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The need for this guidance has arisen following reports from the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) that its members were being approached by IAPT services to provide training for services working with children as young as 13 years old at the request of commissioners.

Any service working with under 16 year olds will need to ensure that staff are trained to work with children and young people and supervised appropriately. Commissioners are encouraged to liaise with the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to ensure there are good links to existing local strategies and services.