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The CWP programme is a recruit to train programme. That means that for the first year, you would be funded to work both in your service, and train with the University of Exeter.

The programme offers practitioners rigorous training in the CYP IAPT principles and Evidence-based practice to equip practitioners to work with children and families with mild to moderate presentations of Anxiety, Depression, and behavioural problems in young children. CWPs will be able to work alongside children, young people and their families in a goal focussed, Low intensity way, with an emphasis on early intervention and prevention and the opportunity to reach into the community.

What is Low intensity?

Low intensity means that children and young people are seen less intensively for support: this could mean less frequently, or it could mean that the tools employed are more structured around supported or guided self-help.

Does it work?

Yes! CWPs are able to improve earlier access to support by working within more community settings. This means that you could be working in schools or seeing young people in the community – from youth groups to cafés to the football field – wherever young people want to be seen. What we know from the research is that young people find Low intensity approaches like supported self-help, computer-based CBT (cCBT) and telephone support more acceptable than traditional face to face, weekly therapy sessions. By improving their accessibility through self-referrals and community based work, CWPs are able to support children, young people, and families earlier and help to prevent challenges and distress from worsening.

How do I apply for a place?

If you are interested in applying for the course, you can look out for adverts within the Southwest Collaborative for Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner jobs. To see the latest vacancies check our jobs page, search online or on the NHS jobs homepage. For more information about the course and applying, contact the project team or the CWP admin team. For a list of services in the SW collaborative please see here.


  • See evidence of the great work CWPs are doing on our new page, with up to date data and best practice case studies.
  • Have a look at the CWP operational guidance for further information on the work of CWPs
  • View the video from Dr Rob Kidney, programme Lead below