UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Delivering inpatient children and young people’s mental health care

Welcome to the multidisciplinary competence framework for staff working in children and young people’s inpatient mental health services.

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This site gives open access to the framework, which details the attitudes, knowledge and skills that need to be brought together to deliver effective interventions when working with children/young people and their families/carers.

Health Education England was funded via the NHSE/I Quality Taskforce to commission the framework. It was developed in partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, which is a collaboration between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and University College London.

Although the primary audience for this work will be health workers, trainers and supervisors, and clinical managers and commissioners of services, the framework will also be useful for service users because it sets out what can be expected from a well-functioning service.

It is important to start by reading the supporting document, which explains how the competence framework was developed and includes a guide to its content.

Access the supporting document here

Accessing and downloading the competence framework

There are two ways of accessing the competences:

1. You can download them from the map of competences (which you can access by clicking the image of the map below).

CYP IP competence framework maps side by side

The map sets out the structure of the framework and shows how the competences relate to each other. Placing the cursor over any of the boxes in the map takes you to the relevant competences. The interactive map is currently unavailable, but all the competences are available below.

You can download a pdf of the map here.

2. If you want to see all the competences grouped by domain, available as individual files or in a single document, you can get access here:

Part 1 of the Map

Attitudes, values and style of interaction embodied by practitioners and the whole team


Professional and legal issues

Engagement and communication

Team working

Working in partnership

Assessment and treatment planning

Structured care


Organisational competences to support the work of the team

Part 2 of the map

Working with complexity

Managing specific challenges in the context of an inpatient setting

Specialist assessments