About us

Who we are

The European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) is a not-for-profit association whose purpose is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families. As well as to improve the quality of their lives and to ensure children’s right for support to healthy mental development and for appropriate preventive and therapeutic mental health services and interventions.

Our aims

  • To promote mental health of children and adolescents in Europe.

  • To increase quality of life among children and families.

  • To ensure children's right for healthy development and wellbeing.

Our goals

  • To foster the European knowledge and skills in child psychiatry.

  • To facilitate and extend the bonds between European countries in mental health issues.

  • To spread the results of research and experiences by publishing reports and organizing scientific conferences and meetings and to collaborate with international organizations with the same or related aims. 

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Our divisions

The ESCAP has three divisions: an academic, a clinical and a policy division. 

The role of the academic division is to act as a forum for exchange of scientific research and to promote education and training, especially research training, in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health. 

The role of the clinical division is to promote the quality of professional work and activities in child and adolescent psychiatry and the standing of the profession. 

The role of the policy division is to promote national health policies, public awareness and public advocacy related to the mental health of children and adolescents, and to increase the standing and authority of the Society in Europe and in the European Union.


Our national member societies

We have 36 member countries from across Europe. 

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National members