ACP legal panel appointments: help us uphold our high standards for child psychotherapy

ACP legal panel appointments: help us uphold our high standards for child psychotherapy

The Association for Child Psychotherapists (ACP) is the sole UK body recognised in statute and accredited by the Professional Standards Authority to set and maintain ethical and conduct standards for psychotherapists specialising in the treatment of children. To help it do so, the ACP operates a Disciplinary Procedure with investigation and hearing stages. In September 2014, the Procedure was overhauled and now includes provision for a legal panel from which specialist lawyers can be drawn to sit on Disciplinary Committees dealing with particularly complex and demanding cases. Legal panel members will sit with Ethics Committee members who will either be qualified child psychotherapists or lay members.

The ACP now wishes to recruit suitable lawyers for this panel. Applicants should be practising solicitors or barristers of three years or more call/PQE or equivalent with relevant professional disciplinary experience. Applications should be made by way of CV and covering letter submitted to the ACP’s solicitor, John Halford, Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HD by 20 March 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in April 2015.

Once appointed to the panel and when assigned a case, members will receive an attendance fee at £353.00 per day (or £176.50 per half day), payable gross. The same rate also applies to training days. For each full Disciplinary Committee sitting day, members can usually expect to receive £1059 which includes the daily attendance fee and payment for 2 days asssociated preparatory work. Members will also be eligible to claim reasonable expenses at rates set by the ACP for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on ACP business. Panel members are likely to be called upon for no more than three Disciplinary Committee hearings each year. Most hearings take place in London. Further information about the ACP and its work can be found at

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