Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner programme – information for services and comissioners 2019/20

29th April 2020: We are currently waiting to hear about funding of future cohorts of the CWP programme but are accepting Expressions of Interest. Please see the Next Steps for Interested Services section for more information

We recognise that this is a difficult time for many services and so we are extending the deadline for sites to express their interest in any potential future cohorts to 7th May. If you are unable to complete the EoI before this date, please still get in touch for a discussion: cwp@annafreud.org

If you are a service interested in the CWP programme, please contact us at cwp@annafreud.org to find out more information and to register interest for upcoming opportunities

If you are candidate looking to find out about CWP roles, please go to this page: cypiapt.com/cwp-candidates

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About the CWP Programme

The Offer to Services

Training Provided

Next Steps for Interested Services

More Information

About the CWP programme

The national CWP programme was established as a response to the target for offering an evidence based intervention to 70,000 more children and young people annually by 2020, by training up 1,700 new staff in evidence based treatments, outlined in Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

The CWP Programme is a fantastic opportunity for services to access a funding package to:

  • Increase capacity by expanding the workforce through creating a new sub-service with close links to local providers
  • Focus on prevention and early intervention – diverting children and young people from specialist services through guided self-help for anxiety, low mood and common behavioral problems
  • Meet the gap in services – increasing accessibility and seeing children and young people who might not meet the threshold for current services

There have been 5 cohorts of CWP training in London and the South East to date, with 302 CWPs (including current trainees) based in over 40 different services including NHS, Voluntary Sector and Local Authority.

The CWP programme in London and the South East has produced some impressive outcomes for children and young people. You can find a thorough evaluation of the first year of the CWP programme here

You can see a variety of different CWP service models here: 


The Offer to Services

Previously, providers (NHS, Local Authority, Voluntary Sector) and CCGs have applied in partnership for a funding package to create up to 4 CWP training posts at band 4, which has included:

  • 1 year certificate level CWP training course at University College London or Kings College London for trainee CWPs
  • Salary support at the equivalent of NHS mid-point band 4 for each trainee CWP (in addition to on costs and high-cost living area weighting where applicable)
  • Placement support funding for each service to recruit a CWP Supervisor/Service Development lead to provide intense supervision and support for 1 day a week per CWP within their service
  • A training course for new CWP supervisors

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently awaiting news about future cohorts of the programme. Please contact us if you would like to hear about upcoming opportunities


Training Provided

CWPs undertake postgraduate certificate level training for 1 year, hosted by either University College London (UCL) or Kings College London (KCL).

The CWPs will be trained over the course of a year to offer brief, focused evidence- based interventions in the form of low intensity support and guided self-help to young people who demonstrate mild/moderate:

  • Anxiety (primary and secondary school age)
  • Low mood (adolescents)
  • Common behavioural difficulties (working with parents for under 8s)

Supervisors new to the CWP model will also be able to attend a training course to equip them with the skills to support the CWPs and to develop the service.


Next steps for interested services

Services interested in the CWP programme should contact cwp@annafreud.org to join the mailing list and be informed of any updates. We are currently waiting for news about HEE funding for future cohorts of the CWP programme.

Expressions of Interest for Future Funding

April 2020 update: In light of the current situation with coronavirus, we are unsure at present when the next cohort will start and we are awaiting information from HEE about future CWP cohorts 6 & 7.

Feb 2020 update: Given the time required for services to put applications together and recruit trainees, we have decided to open Expressions of Interest (EoI) to sites to prepare for potential new cohorts (expected to start in September 2020 and/or January 2021) so as not to cause any problematic delays to this process. Until funding is confirmed, we will be working on the assumption that conditions will be the same as previous cohorts but this is not guaranteed. Join our mailing list and we will keep you updated. If there are any significant changes to the funding your site will be able to amend or withdraw your EoI.

The deadline for bids is now 7th May 2020

All interested services will need to fill in an Expression of Interest form which serves as an application/bid for trainee CWP places and should include details about:

  • How your service plans to recruit trainee CWPs
  • Sustainability plans beyond the initial funded training year
  • Plans for local integration and pathways
  • Plans for support and supervision of CWPs

Services are more likely to be allocated funding if they can demonstrate robust sustainability plans and clear and comprehensive supervisory arrangements.

Please see the below documents to inform your bid, as well as the documents in the ‘More Information’ section



More Information

For more detailed information about the CWP programme, please see the FAQ documents below:

A template job description and person specification for the CWP role can also be viewed here:

The course brochure can be accessed below:

If you have any questions please contact cwp@annafreud.org. If you are a graduate or individual interested in a place on the CWP programme, please express your interest via this link to receive updates and find out more on the CWP candidates page: cypiapt.com/cwp-candidates/