RCOT SS - Children, Young People and Families

We promote the unique benefits of occupational therapy as a means of enabling children, young people, and their families.

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

For general enquiries please email: cypfss@outlook.com.

Practice Survey 

We are asking all members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists specialist section for Children, Young People and Families to take part in a survey.  

This project, led by the specialist section, is aiming to explore the characteristics, practices, challenges and rewards of occupational therapists working with children, young people and families in the UK.

We hope the outcomes of the survey will inform our future specialist section work. This quick survey takes ten minutes to complete. We also ask you to share the survey link with any other occupational therapists that are working with CYPF, even if they are not a specialist section member.  

Complete the survey online today

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.

For any general enquiries please email: cypfss@outlook.com.

    Join today

    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

    Visit the membership services site to join, renew or amend your membership details.