About the Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner (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 create new trainee roles that:
- 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 3 cohorts of CWP training in London and the South East to date, with 182 CWPs (including current trainees) based in 29 different services including NHS, Voluntary Sector and Local Authority.