The aim of the Children and Young People’s 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).

Evidence Based Practice  is one of the five core principles of the CYP IAPT programme. Evidence based practice is the “The integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and patient preferences” (American Psychological Association Task Force on Evidence-based Practice, 2006).

The South West Community of Practice, in partnership with the University of Exeter, CEDAR department, provides the CYP IAPT training which draws on the most up to date research and guidelines for working with young people.

One of the key principles of CYP IAPT is use of evidence to guide clinical and managerial decision making and increasing access to interventions that have been found to be effective (see NICE guidelines). The Community of Practice can support implementation of evidence based care pathways and practice in services through training and consultancy.

Our training programmes offer: 

The EEBP curriculum is aimed at all staff from our service providers working at band 5 level or workers who work with Children and Young people and want to develop their skills without having to undertake the full postgraduate training. The EEBP course is a great way of ensuring all staff are trained in and practicing the core CYP IAPT principles and practices to improve service effectiveness. EEBP has a focus on core skills, assessment, and brief, low intensity interventions.


You can access free e-learning about Evidence-Based Practice on the MindEd website