Resources for specialists

International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

Read the IACAPAP newsletters.

Paediatric liaison network

Our network is an international group of child and adolescent psychiatrists who work with paediatric staff.

We discuss clinical and non-clinical issues, particularly policy and the promotion of mental health in paediatric practice.

We meet in conferences in various UK locations twice a year.

If you are interested in joining please email us.

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has a series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems. 

You can access the monthly podcast via their websiteiTunes or Soundcloud.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance System (CAPSS)

CAPSS assists clinicians and researchers in ascertaining nationally cases of rare childhood mental health conditions. 

CAPSS is based within our College Centre for Quality Improvement.


MindEd is an eLearning resource aimed at everyone with a duty of care for children and young people, whether this be through their work or outside it in a voluntary or charitable capacity. This could be as a counsellor, teacher or police officer, an athletics or football coach, or through involvement with the Scouts or Brownies.

If your patients require easy-to-understand information about a wide range of mental health topics, you can download, print or order hard copies of our leaflets for young people.

Our leaflets can be handed out to patients and carers, put in waiting rooms, or shared with colleagues during mental health awareness weeks.

You can also listen to RCPsych podcasts

How evolution can help us understand child development and behaviour

14 March 2016

Dr Howard Ryland discusses the topic with Dr Annie Swanepoel who, together with her co-authors, Daniela F. Sieff, Graham Music, John Launer, Michael Reiss and Bernadette Wren, has published a paper in January's issue of BJPsych Advances.

The traditional disease model, still dominant in psychiatry, is less than ideal for making sense of psychological issues such as the effects of early childhood experiences on development.

We argue that a model based on evolutionary thinking can deepen understanding and aid clinical practice by showing how behaviours, bodily responses and psychological beliefs tend to develop for ‘adaptive’ reasons, even when these ways of being might on first appearance seem pathological.

Such understanding has implications for treatment. It also challenges the genetic determinist model, by showing that developmental pathways have evolved to be responsive to the physical and social environment in which the individual matures.

Thought can now be given to how biological or psychological treatments – and changing a child’s environment – can foster well-being.

Evolutionary thinking has major implications for how we think about psychopathology and for targeting the optimum sites, levels and timings for interventions.

In this inaugural Advances podcast, Dr Howard Ryland discusses the topic with Dr Annie Swanepoel.

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