About the Childrens' Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) programme

The national CWP programme was established as 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 1,700 new staff in evidence based treatments, outlined in Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

The CWP Programme is a fantastic opportunity for services to create new trainee roles that:

  • Increase capacity by expanding the workforce through creating a new sub-service with close links to local providers
  • Focus on prevention and early intervention – diverting children and young people from specialist services through guided self-help for anxiety, low mood and common behavioral problems
  • Meet the gap in services– increasing accessibility and seeing children and young people who might not meet the threshold for current services

There have been 6 cohorts of CWP training in London and the South East to date, with 397 CWPs (including current trainees) based in over 42 different services including NHS, Voluntary Sector and Local Authority.

The CWP programme in London and the South East has produced some impressive outcomes for children and young people. You can find a thorough evaluation of the first year of the CWP programme here

What do CWPs do?

What do CWPs do?

CWPs are trained to offer guided self-help to children, young people and families with mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and common behavioural problems.

CWPs work in a variety of different settings including CAMHS, Local Authority and Voluntary Sector organisations. The work of CWPs is very varied as each service will be tailored to local need and provision but can include assessments, face to face sessions, telephone work, workshops, groups and service user involvement activities.

Training – PG Certificate in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice

Training – PG Certificate in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice

Trainee CWPs will undertake postgraduate certificate level training for 1 year, hosted by either University College London (UCL) or Kings College London (KCL) whilst being based within a service.

Trainee 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)

During the first term, CWPs will receive an initial three days a week of University led training, with a further two days a week allocated to work within their service under close supervision. During the second term, this reduces to one day a week University training, with four days for CWPs to put their skills into practice within their service, supported by local supervisors and service development leads. The third term sees CWPs in their service full time.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, most face to face teaching at the university has been suspended until further notice and the course will follow a blended learning approach with some teaching online and some face to face in small groups, including workshops and seminars. Organisations will be working to their own coronavirus policies to ensure remote/safe working for trainees.

Please follow the links below to see the course brochures:

UCL CWP course brochure

KCL CWP course brochure

How do I apply to be a CWP?

How do I apply to be a CWP?

Recruitment is yet to start (following confirmation of funding) for cohort 7 of the CWP programme in London and the South East.

Please sign up to our mailing list to be informed of upcoming developments and receive notification of advertised roles.

As soon as funding for the programme is confirmed by Health Education England, services will begin to advertise for trainee CWPs. This is often through sites such as and so we recommend setting up automatic job searches/notifications with the following terms:

  • ‘Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner’
  • ‘Child Wellbeing Practitioner’
  • ‘Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People’

If you have signed up to express your interest, we will email as soon as we have been notified that a job has been advertised (however this depends on when we are notified so please do not solely rely on this).

When you apply for a job, there will be guidance embedded into the advert about applying for the university course – you will need to apply to both the job and the university to be shortlisted for the role.

Each service has their own criteria for assessing applications and so please pay particular attention to the person specification for each role but as a minimum, candidates will need to demonstrate:

  • A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology)
  • Motivation to undertake and complete the course
  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency

Click here to download a generic CWP trainee Job Description and Person Specification

CWP funding package for Services

CWP funding package for Services

Providers (NHS, Local Authority, Voluntary Sector) and CCGs can apply in partnership for a funding package provided by Health Education England to create up to 4 CWP training posts at band 4, which in previous cohorts has included:

  • 1 year certificate level CWP training course at University College London or Kings College London for trainee CWPs
  • Salary support at the equivalent of NHS mid-point band 4 for each trainee CWP (in addition to on costs and high-cost living area weighting where applicable)
  • Placement support funding for each service to recruit a CWP Supervisor/Service Development lead to provide intense supervision and support for 1 day a week per CWP within their service
  • A training course for new CWP supervisors

Services interested in the CWP programme should contact as a first step to discuss further.

More information

More information

For more information about the CWP programme please take a look at the FAQs:
CWP Candidates FAQs
CWP Service FAQs


You can find a thorough evaluation of the first year of the CWP programme here:
CWP Cohort 1 audit

You can read an article about the typical week of a CWP in the ‘New Beginnings’ issue (page 14) of Aspire.

If you have any questions please contact

 You can see a variety of different CWP service models here: 

CWP Booklet: Reflections from Year One

CWP Booklet: Reflections from Year Two

CWP Booklet: Reflections from Year Three

CWP Booklet: Reflections from Year Four


Information for Candidates: 

It is highly likely that we will be commissioned to deliver another cohort of the CWP training programme, and we are awaiting further information from Health Education England about the same.

Please sign up to our mailing list to be informed of developments and receive notification of advertised roles.



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