BACP Children and Young People journal

Our quarterly journal covers up-to-the-minute thinking, research and best practice in the sector, accounts of projects and contributions from regular columnists. Members and subscribers are sent printed copies, but you can also access and search for articles from previous issues online.

Competences and curricula

BACP competences and curricula are based on the latest research evidence into effective practice. They can be used by practitioners, trainers, supervisors and services to ensure practitioners have the skills and knowledge needed to work in a particular setting, or with particular clients.

This competences map identifies the competences required for delivering effective humanistic counselling with young people aged 11-18 years

Competences for work with young people - 11to 18 years (pdf 0.1MB)

The counsellors' guide describes a framework for the competences and how practitioners should apply this. 

Counsellors' guide: the competences required to deliver effective humanistic counselling for young people (pdf 1.3MB)

Good practice resources

Our Good Practice in Action resources are based on current research and evidence and reviewed by member-led focus groups and experts in the field.

They include many publications related to working with children and young people, including legal resources for the four nations and commonly asked questions. 

School-based counselling operating toolkit

This joint publication between BACP and the Welsh Government provides a resource to build upon the National Strategy for School Based Counselling in Wales. It includes standards, guidance and exemplar materials for counsellors and counselling services in Wales to enable counselling providers and schools deliver services that are safe, accessible and of a high standard.

The toolkit is currently under review, but its content is still useful as a training and awareness-raising resource for practice across the UK. 

School-based counselling toolkit

Counselling MindEd

Counselling MindEd is a free, interactive e-learning resource to support ongoing skills training and development for counsellors working with children, young people and young adults.

Counselling MindEd

Handbook of Counselling Children and Young People

Written by BACP CYP executive members Sue Pattinson and Maggie Robson, and published by Sage, this handbook brings together the fundamentals of counselling children and young people theory, research, skills and practice. It covers what every trainee or practitioner needs to know in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and jargon-free.

Buy on the Sage website
Buy on Amazon