Public Involvement  

In April 2013 the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) approved the Accredited Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists which is managed by Play Therapy UK (PTUK) www.playtherapyregister.org.uk.  

Our Register includes qualified practitioners from all over the world who meet our standards.  

PTUK has maintained a register of Practitioners with Therapeutic Play Skills, Play Therapists and Filial Play Coaches since 2002. An entry in this register requires individuals to have completed accredited training courses and observe PTUK ethical system and standards of practice.  

The PSA promotes the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and is recognised as being in the forefront of health regulation worldwide. It:  

  • Oversees the nine health and care professional regulators in the UK, including the HCPC, and reports annually on their performance.  
  • Accredits occupational registers to enhance public protection.    
  • Carries out audits, reviews and investigations as necessary.    
  • Advises the Privy Council on the process for appointments to the regulator's councils.  
  • Provides advice to the four UK governments on good practice in regulation as requested.  
  • Promotes and develops the application of right-touch regulation.  
  • Conducts research and monitors developments in regulation in the UK, Europe and internationally.  
  • Provides consultancy and advice, on request, to regulators in other countries.  

For more details go to: www.professionalstandards.org.uk  

PTUK worked with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care during the period 2010 – 2012 on the development of the standards for right touch regulation, being one of five professional organisations who have assisted in piloting the standards and the processes.  

We are always interested in your views on the standards for Play and Creative Arts Therapies, in particular how you think it could add value to promoting good quality care of children with social, emotional, behaviour and mental health problems. Just drop a line to contacts@apac.org.uk - for the attention of our Chief Executive - Monika Jephcott.

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