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Welcome to the website of the Child Mental Health Charter announced on 15th March 2019. It seeks the support of all who care about the emotional well-being and mental health of children; all who interact with them in a parental, caring or professional capacity and policy-makers. 

Since 2019, PTUK registrants have been very successful in arranging meetings with their MPs in their own constituencies and gaining their support. Monika Jephcott ( PTUK Chief Executive) Sophia O’Neill (PTUK Research Writer) and members of the Child Mental Health Committee have also met MPs at Westminster and presented the case there.

The Child Mental Health Charter’s work springs from the experience of our practitioners and the families that we work with, is rooted in practice-based evidence, and underpinned by the very real need for expert, early and effective therapeutic provision for children’s mental health.

If you would like to become involved in bringing these recommendations to parliament, and to the researchers who advise there, please email

Letter to your MP

Please use this readymade letter to tell your MP about our work. Simply add their name at the top and yours at the bottom.

To find out who your MP is go to: Find your MP – MPs and Lords – UK Parliament


The Charter's Six Principles

1. Focus on the needs of children.

Focus on the needs of children. Children’s voices must be heard and their dignity and human rights upheld. Within school, the curriculum must embed within it an understanding of emotional well being, the principles of good mental health and the certainty of therapeutic help for those children who need it.

2. Protect children.

Protect children. Any individual who works therapeutically with children must be registered through an independent government-approved agency such as the Professional Authority’s Accredited Register programme or the Health and Care Professions Council. Children are currently insufficiently protected because too many unqualified and unsupervised people are practising

3. Invest in a properly qualified workforce.

Invest in a properly qualified workforce. Level 7 postgraduate training is essential and the main obstacle to a properly trained workforce is the lack of financial support. Accessible, high-quality and recovery-focused mental health services require personnel whose appropriate training is not solely dependent upon their own financial resources. All professionals (including teachers) who work with children must be trained in mental health awareness.

4. Ensure policy is informed and adequately funded.

Ensure policy is informed by the best available and appropriate evidence and adequately funded. Practice-based evidence uses continuous measurements obtained from real life practice and should inform an ‘evidence base’ for working therapeutically with children

5. Focus on the needs of parents and carers.

Focus on the needs of parents and carers. There must be high quality support for parents and carers to help them to better understand and support their child with schools promoted as effective, familiar, accessible and empathetic service delivery channels.

6. Make policies work.

Make policies work. ‘Joined up working’ would prioritise appropriate data–sharing between all agencies concerned with child welfare. The responsibility for children’s mental health would encompass all relevant Departments in addition to the Department for Health and Social Care.

The latest list of links to useful evidence, articles, announcements and blog posts related to Children’s Health and Wellbeing is shown below. As usual, it is also available on the website.

Play Therapy UK’s Child Mental Health Charter Briefing Paper April 2024

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Report by the APPG on a Fit and Healthy Childhood Adverse Childhood – Cathy Nurser & Claire Baits, two PTUK registrants and Child Mental Health Charter committee members, contributed to the ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES: ROADS TO RECOVERY,  A REPORT BY THE ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON A FIT AND HEALTHY CHILDHOOD ADVERSE CHILDHOOD.

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Power of Play goes to No.10 Downing Street! – Lois Bunn, Child Mental Health Charter Committee member, on behalf of PTUK attended the exciting event on the 9th of April. She was invited to the  Children’s Alliance to join the launch of their new report – The Power of Play: Building a Creative Britain, at the Young V&A.

Read the full report here

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‘A Plan for Play’ report parliamentary launch event. – As part of our work as members of the committee for The Children’s Mental Health Charter, Cathy Baker and Lois Bunn contributed to the recent ‘Plan for Play’ report, produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.


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Schools (Mental Health Professionals) Bill [HL] debated on Friday 1 March 2024. – PTUK were delighted to be invited for consultation with Baroness Tyler before the 2nd reading of the Schools Mental Health Professionals Bill.We now invite you to read the transcript from the 2nd reading and surrounding debate.


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Child Mental Health Charter

For the emotional well-being and

mental health of children.