Our Mission

ACP Mission Statement

The ACP (Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists) is the main professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK. It is registered with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and is responsible for regulating the training and practice standards of child and adolescent psychotherapy in a number of public and private settings. It was established in 1949 and has over 900 members working in the UK and abroad. Child and adolescent psychotherapists who have qualified at one of the ACP recognised training schools are eligible for full membership of the ACP, which enables them to work with children, parents and families in a range of settings.

Mission Statement/Aims:

The ACP is committed to:

Promoting and upholding high standards of child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the NHS, community and private settings. It aims to do this through:

  • Maintaining and monitoring ACP accredited trainings and the overarching continued professional development of our members.
  • Working in partnership with the public and a range of other groups including relevant professional bodies, to increase awareness and understanding of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and young people.
  • Protecting the public from misconduct and unethical behaviour by its members in clinical practice. It implements this by providing an Ethics committee who oversee a Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics and which comprises of a majority of Lay members*.


* There is a Disciplinary Procedure to investigate any complaints made from any source about one of our members. There is also a publicly accessible register of accredited members on the ACP website as well as a list of members under sanction or who have been expelled from the ACP.