We promote high standards of professional practice within children's occupational therapy and, together with our members, continue to develop an evidence base for the profession. Our Specialist Section represents occupational therapists working with children, young people and their families in a wide range of settings including:
- Acute hospitals
- Child and Adolescent Mental Heath Services (CAMHS)
- Children's centres
- Community services
- Education / schools
- Independent practice
- Learning disability services
- Local authority health and social care
- Wheelchair services
- The voluntary sector
Become a member
Membership to the Specialist Section enables you to network with children's occupational therapists across the UK. It provides opportunities to enhance and share clinical skills and knowledge, vital in offering high standards of professional practice.
Membership means you can have your voice heard by RCOT and other stakeholders, helping in raising professional standards. We have over 600 members, supported by a comprehensive network of UK-wide regional representatives.
Benefits of joining include:
- Access to a national network of occupational therapists working with children and young people in a wide variety of areas of expertise and practice
- Opportunity to receive and contribute to a peer reviewed journal twice a year featuring articles, book reviews, research development and reports
- Potential access to members for recruiting research participants
- Opportunity to apply for a research award
- Advice and guidance when undertaking research with children and young people
- Regional study events and networking opportunities
- Access to practice based clinical forums including CAMHS, acute paediatrics, managers and leaders, neonatal, physical disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Opportunity to comment or advise on national and local issues, including relevant guidance, policies and legislation
- Reduced registration fees at annual conferences, learning events and study days
- Opportunity to be involved in working parties developing clinical guidelines, position statements and other publications
- Continual professional development and opportunities to develop skills as a member of a regional group, clinical forum or national committee
- Bi-monthly newsletters providing regular features, news and forthcoming events.
Membership is open to RCOT members interested in furthering their knowledge of children, young people and families.
Annual membership fees:
- RCOT member - £35
- RCOT associate member - £18
- RCOT student member - £18