the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP IAPT)


The Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (CYP IAPT) is working with existing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) including the voluntary sector and local authorities to transform delivery at Tiers 2 and 3 across the country.

It currently works with 67 CAMHS partnerships that cover 54% of the under-19 population.

The national programme involves working across 5 regional hubs:

  • using session-by-session routine outcomes monitoring:
    • To guide therapist and supervisor
    • To help young people monitor and understand how treatment is progressing
  • empowering young people to take control of their care, establish treatment goals, choose treatment approaches and take opportunities to improve their own health
  • improving access to and choice of evidence-based therapies
  • introducing evidence-based organisation of care
  • build capability to deliver positive and measurable outcomes for children, young people and families
  • work to transform services

The CYP IAPT programme has some clear messages for mental health services about involving children, young people and parents or carers:

Children and young people, and parents or carers’ participation is critical to the success of CYP IAPT to support existing CAMHS. There needs to be clear structures and systems in place to enable children, young people, parents and carers to contribute in a meaningful way to service design, delivery and monitoring.

Services involved in the CYP IAPT programme must be committed to listening to the views of children, young people, parents and carers and, crucially, acting on them to make improvements in their services and share good practice.

Services will start using ‘session by session’ monitoring which means they will be asking children and young people using services, and where appropriate their parents or carers, to feed back about  sessions they take part in. This will help guide the therapy in the right direction, making it as effective as it can be. Children and young people are behind this and really value this approach.

It’s important for there to be choice about what therapies are available to children, young people and their families.

You can find all the information for the programme on the CYP IAPT website. Here you can find information about the Learning Collaboratives, the curriculum of new therapies for CAMHS staff, information about getting ready to deliver CYP IAPT and key communications such as the quarterly newsletter and policy briefings.


YoungMinds is working with the CYP IAPT programme within NHS England to support the participation of parents and carers in improving mental health services for children and young people.

We have developed an online toolkit that will help services build the case for, and implement, effective parent participation. Parents have been involved in shaping the content of the toolkit and it includes a range of support material for CAMHS including:

  • why involving parents in participation will improve your services
  • sample policies and processes
  • creative methods for implementing participation, including those parents that find it difficult to access services
  • ensuring diversity in participation practices
  • case studies and learning directly from parents and services.

The toolkit is due to be launched later this year.

If you know parent or carers interested in helping shape how they can participate to improve the delivery of care in CAMHS, please ask them to register their interest here.