CYP placement requirements

  • Students on adult-focused training courses may undertake placements working with children and young people provided that the training or placement service provider ensures the student is assessed as having the basic competences to practice safely and ethically with children and young people.

  • Before a student counsellor works with children and young people, the training or placement service provider must ensure the student has received the essential training and development required to work with children and young people on placement.

  • Training and development can be achieved by the inclusion of Stage 1 of the YP training curriculum in the course training programme or placement provider induction. This can be supplemented by free Counselling MindEd e-learning sessions, which provide certificates that students can print out to demonstrate they have completed the training.

  • Training providers and counselling service providers should also use BACP Good Practice in Action resources to support practice.

  • Students undertaking placements with children and young people must receive robust and appropriate supervision from supervisors who are themselves competent to work with children and young people.

  • Training providers and counselling service providers should ensure that students working with 16 to18 year old clients understand that this age group falls between various child and adult laws. See Good Practice in Action – Legal resources.

  • If students wish to undertake placements with 16 to 18 year olds while on training courses oriented to adult clients, BACP will recognise the placement as long as the students are working ethically, competently and have robust supervision. The hours will count towards the 100 clinical placement hours required by the course and towards BACP registration and accreditation.

If students are only working with clients aged over 16 years, they do not need to undertake the CYP pre-placement training and assessment (ie Stage 1 of the training curriculum or its equivalent). However, students working with 16 to 18 year old clients will need to have an understanding of the legislation relating to this age group and have appropriate supervision in place with a supervisor who is competent to work with this age group.

CYP placement hours completed as part of an accredited course must also meet all the requirements for course accreditation.

  • It is the responsibility of the course to ensure that all practice hours undertaken by a student meet BACP requirements.

  • All practice hours included in the accredited course must be included in the overall assessment framework – this includes any hours undertaken with CYP.

  • If CYP pre-placement training and assessment is delivered by a placement or external provider, the course is responsible for ensuring that students are being taught and assessed in the relevant YP competences before working with CYP clients. Accredited courses may have their own quality assurance system for this, or courses and placements may find this mapping document useful:

    Mapping document for accredited courses and CYP pre-placement training providers (docx 94KB)

Our intention is always to ensure high standards of training and ethical practice, especially when working with this vulnerable client group. Our ethical position remains unequivocal, that counsellors are required to work within their competence (see the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions - Working to professional standards point 13). This ensures students can complete the clinical practice element of their counsellor or psychotherapist training and count all their placement hours towards BACP registration and accreditation.

Further information

For further information on course accreditation please contact Sabine Maltby, Course Accreditation Officer.

For further information about the Competences for work with children and young people (4-18 years) and the Counselling young people (11–18 years) training curriculum, please contact Caroline Jesper, Professional Standards Development Facilitator.

Email: BACP_Prof_Standards@bacp.co.uk