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Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) Accredited Register was set up to provide assurance on the standards of registers of unregulated health and care occupations. Being accredited by the PSA offers enhanced protection to anyone looking for Play Therapy services – people have the option of seeking practitioners on a register that has been vetted and approved.

Accreditation offers practitioners working in Play Therapy a means of demonstrating their personal commitment to meeting high standards by joining BAPT or another accredited register.

Accreditation means that BAPT has met the PSA’s demanding standards in the following areas:

  • Governance
  • Setting Standards
  • Education and Training
  • Managing the Register
  • Providing Information and Complaints Handling

Receiving accreditation means that BAPT has provided evidence to demonstrate to the PSA that it meets its high Accreditation Standards.  It is a mark of quality.  Accreditation will be reviewed annually.

Please click here to view the PSA certificate of Accreditation.

Accreditation does not imply that the PSA has itself assessed the merits of individuals on the BAPT register. This remains the responsibility of BAPT.  BAPT requires its registrants to meet high standards of personal behaviour, technical competence and, where applicable, business practice.

Accreditation does not imply that the PSA has endorsed the efficacy of a treatment or therapy practised or any other service offered by registrants on the BAPT register.  Accredited Registration is different from statutory regulation because it is voluntary, not compulsory. Practitioners can work in Play Therapy without being on a register.

Accredited Registers are entitled to use the PSA’s accreditation mark so that they can be easily distinguished.  The quality mark will give extra peace of mind for anyone looking for a Play Therapist, letting them know that anyone who holds the mark is committed to the high standards of BAPT. 

All Accredited Registers can be accessed through the Professional Standards Authority’s website
This programme applies to the health sector in the UK and to social care in England.

The title Accredited Registers provides simplicity and clarity for consumers and registrants alike, and reflects feedback we have received. The purpose, principles and practice of the programme are focused on providing users of a range of healthcare services and occupations with assurance and consumer protection.