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The aim of the Children and Young Peoples’ Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) programme is to improve both the effectiveness of treatment and the experiences of children, young people and parents in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Accountability is one of the five core principles of the CYP IAPT programme. The principle of Accountability is about ensuring that services are accessing young people’s views on the support that they are receiving and monitoring that the process of support is actively working to help young people move towards the goals for change that they have set. The outcomes from this data help to demonstrate that services are effective in the support that they provide, and flag up any areas for improvement.

The Community of Practice supports the implementation of outcome monitoring through each of its training programmes, and within the outreach support offer to services though consultation, training and workshops.

Through all of the CYP IAPT training programmes, practitioners are trained in the use of Routine Outcome Measures (ROMs) in day to day practice in order to aid meaningful conversations and allow for greater collaboration with Children and Young People, help with problem identification, enable both young people and therapists to track progression and also see when things aren’t working. Use of ROMs have been shown to improve outcomes (Bickman et al 2011) reduce drop out (Miller et al, 2006) and reduce the length of interventions (Lambert et al. 2005)