PYMFPC-Fundamental Principles for Working with Children and Young People

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Pam Myles


Summary module description:

Children and Young People’s Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (CYP PWPs) operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity.  The aims of the module are to engage student CYP PWPs with the fundamental principles of CYP IAPT and to equip them with essential skills necessary to enhance their clinical work with children, young people and parents.   It provides an introduction to the CYP IAPT programme and shows how the CYP PWP role links with other elements of the CYP IAPT programme.  


Students will develop knowledge in the core values of Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) including: core values of CYP IAPT, the collaborative care model, meaningful participation, the active outcomes framework, equality of access, organisational change, and an introduction to evidence-based practice.  This module also includes the fundamental elements of safe and effective working with children, young people and families.  Students will learn about confidentiality, consent capacity and ethics.  Students will develop knowledge of social and emotional development, and cognitive and moral development.  

Overall, this module will provide students with the essential, basic necessary skills that form the foundation of an effective intervention. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students must demonstrate

  1. Basic knowledge of child and family development, and mental health in this population including knowledge of child and adolescent development, and of family development and transitions and Knowledge and understanding of mental health problems in children, young people and adults

  2. Knowledge of, and competence in working within, relevant professional and medico-legal frameworks:

    1. Knowledge of legal frameworks relating to working with children and young people

    2. Knowledge of, and ability to operate within, professional and ethical guidelines

    3. Knowledge of, and ability to work with, issues of confidentiality, consent and capacity

  3. Knowledge of and competence in working with and across agencies

  4. Knowledge of and ability to respond to and manage concerns about child protection (in relation to emotional, sexual and physical abuse and indicators of neglect)

  5. Knowledge and competence in working with difference

  6. Knowledge and competence in engaging and communicating with children, young people and their families/carers:

    1. Ability to engage and work with families, parents and carers

    2. Ability to communicate with children and young people of differing ages, developmental level and background

  7. Knowledge of psychopharmacology in child and adolescent work

  8. Competence in applying knowledge of outcome measurement

  9. Competence in engaging and involving children, young people and carers in a way that maximises their collaboration and engagement in mental health services

  10. Knowledge in, and ability to convey the core principles of  CYP IAPT and the active outcomes framework, and use of routine outcome measures

  11. Knowledge of how to support access to child and adolescent mental health services to the whole population and minimise disadvantage and discrimination

  12. Competence in explaining the key principles of core, evidence-based therapies

  13. Ability to use self-refection and supervision to enhance their clinical work

  14. Understanding of how to use supervision to assist delivery of low-intensity psychological treatment programmes for common mental health problems.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Knowledge will be learnt through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion groups, guided reading, self-practice/self-reflection activities, problem-based learning tasks, and independent study. Skills based competencies will be learnt through a combination of clinical simulation in small groups working intensively under close supervision with peer and tutor feedback.

Contact hours

• 11 days in total 

• 5 days to be spent in class in theoretical teaching and clinical simulation, the other 6 days to be spent in the workplace undertaking practice-based learning and supervision.  The five days teaching is likely to be delivered in a block of five days at the beginning of the course.  The 6 days of workplace learning will run concurrently with Modules 2 and 3.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Total hours by term
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Other information on summative assessment:

Assessments 1 and 2 will take place at the end of Module 1.  The practice outcomes will be submitted at the end of Module 3.


  1. An in-class test to assess knowledge-based learning outcomes.

  2. 2. A 3000-word essay on the core principles of CYP IAPT. 

  3. Successful completion of the following practice outcomes by the end of the programme, to be assessed by means of a practice outcomes portfolio and signed off as satisfactory (PO 1, PO 2 and PO 3).

  • (PO1) Demonstrates the ability to engage with children and young people from diverse demographic, social and cultural backgrounds in assessment and low-intensity interventions. Including the use of routine outcome measures. This could include adaptations to practice such as using interpretation services/self-help materials for children and young people whose first language is not English, adapting self-help materials for people with learning or literacy difficulties etc.

  • (PO2) Demonstrates the ability to effectively manage a caseload including referral to step up, and signposted services

  • (PO3) Demonstrates the ability to use supervision to the benefit of effective (a) case management and (b) clinical skills development. This should include: a) a report on a case management supervision session demonstrating ability to review caseload, bring cases at agreed pre-determined thresholds and provide comprehensive and succinct case material; b) a report on use of clinical skills supervision including details of clinical skills questions brought, learning and implementation.  

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

A mark of at least 50% on both of the  academic based assessments (Assessment number 1 and 2). 

A mark of ‘satisfactory’ on the practice outcomes (Assessment number 3).

A minimum of 100% attendance is required.


Reassessment arrangements:

Students who do not obtain the required pass mark in the assessed work will be given the opportunity to resubmit, on one further occasion, any individual assessment that has been failed. The re-sit grade cannot exceed 50%. A short Top-up Week will be held after the end of the course, giving students the opportunity to complete some teaching sessions or assessments that were missed initially.  Students must successfully pass all modules of the CYP PWP training programme. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 9 May 2017

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