We are incredibly proud to have been nominated and to win The Choice award from the Professional Standards Authority for our continued work to collect evaluation data from Play Therapy sessions with the aim of building a body of evidence.
To be recognised for our hard work is wonderful, we will continue to keep working to help improve the mental health of children and to raise awareness for those in need of support. Visit the Child Mental Health Charter to read more about how we are striving to make change and support the emotional well-being and mental health of children.
From the PSA nomination entry:
“From its earliest days, the PTUK encouraged registrants to collect evaluation data from play therapy sessions with the aim of building a body of evidence. PTUK is now using this evidence to develop proposals for interventions it believes could help widen access to beneficial services for children. One of PTUK’s key proposals is for a Children’s Mental Health Charter. As referenced in our July 2022 response to the Government’s public consultation on a Mental health and wellbeing plan for England, : ‘Encouraging Local Authorities and schools to choose a registered play therapist, could help improve access for children, particularly for those who may have missed out on building play skills with others during Covid-19’ (3.7).
In December 2022, the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), which provides independent and balanced analysis of research evidence related to public policy issues, had approached PTUK to develop a briefing on the potential impact of the Mental Health Act reforms on children and young people. The briefing was sent to all MPs. (01/12/22 – Child Mental Health Charter progress – Child Mental Health Charter) PTUK is nominated under ‘choice’ for its work in support of making sure that every child has access to the support the need, whether this is play therapy or another service.”