BACP Children, Young People and Families (CYP&F) aim to take a leading role in the development of counselling and psychotherapy for children, young people and families. We promote the value of counselling and psychotherapy - providing opportunities for children and young people to have a voice and learn from them how to develop responsive services. 

We act as an expert consultative group, contributing to government consultations and external communications, increasing political awareness around the need for counselling and psychotherapy for children, young people and families.  

We'd expect applicants to be members of BACP CYP&F. If you're not already a member of the CYP&F division and have a keen interest in and experience of working with children and young people, please sign up to become a divisional member before applying for this volunteer role. 

Term of office

Executive members are appointed for up to three years. This may be extended for a further three years.

What you'll be doing

You'll attend up to four meetings a year, which will be held at our offices in Lutterworth or at a suitable location accessible to all executive members. You may also be able to attend remotely using Microsoft Teams, Skype or other social media platforms.

You'll be involved in ongoing tasks, which may include planning divisional events or attending events to network and build the profile of the division. 

General responsibilities

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • implement the divisional strategy and ensure it aligns with our organisational strategy, promoting the message that counselling changes lives
  • work collaboratively with BACP staff
  • promote the division's area of expertise and bring best practice into the work of the division and BACP
  • network and represent us and our members to wider stakeholder groups, addressing counselling and psychotherapy issues and concerns  
  • act as an ambassador and advocate for BACP and the coaching profession

Carrying out the role

As a divisional executive, you'll: 

  • have a willingness to devote time and effort
  • have good, independent judgement
  • be able to think creatively and strategically
  • be willing to take decisions 
  • understand the responsibilities of the position

Skills and abilities

You should:

  • be IT literate - willing and able to use technology on BACP business
  • be able to communicate and collaborate well in a team
  • have knowledge or experience of the changing landscape of therapy provision including online technology

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • experience and knowledge of legal issues
  • experience of working with different cultures and diversity
  • experience of working with 4 to 11, 11 to 18 and 18 to 25 year olds

If you have other unlisted skills you feel we could benefit from, we'd be happy to hear from you.


There's no remuneration for this role, however, reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the volunteering role will be reimbursed in line with our volunteers expenses policy.

To apply

For more information or to apply for this volunteering role, please send your cv and an application letter stating your relevant skills, knowledge and experience to We welcome applications from across the four nations, particularly those from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  

BACP has made it our responsibility when attracting and meeting with new talent to be inclusive and accessible, we welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities. BACP is Disability Confident Committed and we'll make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support you in your application and candidate journey throughout the recruitment process.