What is CYP IAPT?

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Kevin, from Action for Children’s Participation Group, explains what it is, why its important and how he and other young people have been involved.

What does CYP IAPT stand for?

First of all it stands for Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Children and young people are those aged between 0-18, and sometimes a bit older.

Improving Access means making it easier for children and young people to get a service – in the right place, at the right time, delivered by people with the right skills.

Psychological therapies are ways of treating the mental and emotional state of a person – very often involving the therapist encouraging the person to talk about the things that are bothering them.

Why do we need to improve children and young people’s access to psychological therapies?

Because when psychological problems start in children and young people, they need to be treated as early and as well as possible. If not then the problems tend to get worse and could last into that person’s adulthood.

What does it really mean?

CYP IAPT is called a transformation programme, which means it aims to completely change the ways that mental health services for children and young people are provided.  Often these services are called CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) but they may have other names as well. Improving access means making psychological therapies simpler to find, easier to understand and provided in ways that children and young people feel comfortable with.

How does it work?

CYP IAPT wants to make sure that the treatments children and young people have for psychological problems actually work (are effective). To show whether therapies have worked, the benefits (outcomes) are monitored (watched and followed carefully). The idea of outcomes monitoring and measurement is to check whether treatments really have made improvements in children and young people’s well being. If a treatment hasn’t helped then its monitoring data can be used to work out  how to change it so it does help.

What about children and young people’s participation?

To achieve everything it is aiming for, CYP IAPT needs the involvement of children and young people. This is really important as CYP IAPT is all about services that are used by young people and that makes young people the experts as much as the professionals.

Young people’s involvement is needed in local areas, to help with transforming local services, and also in national groups to work with the people who are running the whole program.

Do you want to know more?

To find out more about how you can get involved click here

To read about the therapies used in the CYP IAPT programme click here

To read more about what particpation is happening within CYP IAPTclick here

To find out more about which areas of the country CYP IAPT is happening in click here.

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