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ESCAP member profile

United Kingdom

750 members

The Faculty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry promotes the mental wellbeing of young people and their families. We contribute to, and draw from an established knowledge base to inform practice. Our objectives are to:

• promote the training of medical students, doctors in training, and substantively employed psychiatrists

• act as a forum for the exchange of experience and research

• promote the developmental perspective, and the importance of family functioning in mental health within the wider College functions

• influence public policies in appropriate directions

• promote mental health awareness through working with the media and offering information directly to the public

• organise regular national conferences and local meetings to promote professional development, clinical education and peer networking opportunities.

Documents and resources

College Report: Technology Use and the Mental Health of Children & Young People

College Report: When to see a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

CWTCH Cymru: A step by step toolkit for getting telepsychiatry ready, set and go



MindEd provides accessible, engaging online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK

Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC)

QNIC works with network members to share best practice at a national and international level. A review and accreditation process to promotes the highest level of care.

Quality Network for Community CAMHS (QNCC)

QNCC works with network members to share best practice at a national and international level. A review and accreditation process promotes the highest level of care.

Digital neurodevelopmental resources

A selection of digital ASD and ADHD resources for children, young people and their parents/carers

RCPsych COVID-19 guidance for clinicians

Regularly updated guidance on COVID-19 for psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals working in mental health settings.


Board members
Dr Elaine Lockhart, Faculty chair
Dr Alka Ahuja, Vice chair
Dr Guy Northover, Finance Officer
Hayley Shaw, Faculty and Committee manager
Hayley Shaw
Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Address: 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB, United Kingdom.
Twitter @rcpsychcap 
Last updated March 2023