CYP IAPT Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) Programme

The deadline for applications from providers interested in taking on CWP posts in January 2019 has now closed. Details on applications for future cohorts will be published here when known.

You might find the following information useful if you are:

A Commissioner

  • interested in expanding the local workforce through the creation of a sub-service – separate to, but closely linked to CAMHS and other local primary care providers
  • interested in funding opportunities to cover the expansion of the workforce and intense supervision and service development support
  • keen to reduce local waiting times and increase the number of children, young people and families seen by 2020 (in line with the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and local Transformation Plans).

A Provider

  • who recognises a gap within the service and wants the opportunity to increase the workforce, by seeing young people who may otherwise not be seen or meet the CAMHS threshold

An individual/graduate keen to pursue a career within children and young people’s mental health

  • keen to undertake University led training whilst gaining hands on experience within a mental health setting (with intense supervision throughout)
  • with an interest in providing guided self-help for anxiety, low mood and behavioural problems
  • with an interest in acting as a pioneer for a new and exciting form of support for children and young people
  • please visit this page to express an interest in this exciting opportunity

About the Programme

The CWP programme is 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 1700 new staff in evidence based treatments, outlined in Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Providers (NHS, Local Authority and Voluntary Sector) and CCGs are invited to create 4 (or more depending on funding confirmation) new CWP training posts, which will come with resource to provide intense supervision and support.

Each site will also recruit up to two ‘CWP Supervisors and Service Development Leads’ to oversee the work of the CWPs within the service.


CWPs will 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)


Salary support will be available up to mid-point band 4 for each trainee (in addition to on costs and high-cost living area weighting where applicable).

Placement support funding will also be available for the recruitment of a CWP supervisor and service development lead.

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

CWP Programme FAQs

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


The course brochure can be accessed below:

CWP Course Brochure

If you have any questions please contact

If you are a graduate or individual interested in a place on the CWP programme, please visit this page to express your interest.