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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Community of Communities

Our Values and Standards

Core Values

  • Community of Communities has developed a set of 10 Core Values subscribed to by all members of the Community of Communities Network
  • The values articulate the basic principles and philosophy of Therapeutic Communities

  • Services may use the values to provide context for the standards and to inform training relating to Therapeutic Community practice

  • The values are not intended to be measured as part of the self- and peer-review process.


Core Standards

  • The Core Standards represent the basic requirements of a service using a Therapeutic Community approach
  • The standards link Therapeutic Communities across sectors and client populations and can be used independently to support the development of therapeutic practice.
  • More information about the development of the Core Standards and Core Values can be found in this briefing paper


Service Standards

The Service Standards for Therapeutic Communities have undergone a major revision during the 2013-2014 annual cycle.  Following feedback from the membership, the number of standards have been reduced and simplified.  The Service Standards for Therapeutic Communities (8th Edition) have been devised for use across the sectors of membership with a supplementary section for Addiction TCs which reflect their hierarchical model.

   8th Edition Service Standards  

Service Standards for Therapeutic Communities (8th Edition)

Where next...

Community of Communities, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street
London, E1 8BB    
Tel: 020 3701 2679   Email: Josie Thorne
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