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Renewals fall on 1st October and the deadline to return completed forms is 31st October – see the Membership Renewals page (next Tab along) for information and renewal forms to download.

Play Therapy Week 2022 – 4th – 9th July

British Play Therapy Week 2022 – The British Association of Play Therapists (

AGM 2022

BAPT’s AGM is part of our responsibilities as a Limited Company/Registered Charity, so it is important that we try to complete the requirements to sign off the Accounts for the Financial year 1/10/2020 – 30/9/2021 and to Appoint/update Board Members which are the two ‘required’ elements. 

So this is your chance to become part of the Board or even a Sub Committee and be instrumental in taking BAPT into the next few years. If you are happy with where BAPT is, come and get involved in helping to maintain and improve BAPT for its members. If you’re not happy about something, don’t just sit there complaining, get on board and be part of making changes you think should be made. BAPT is run by members for its members, it doesn’t work if those members don’t get involved! There are 2 vacancies on the Board. You will need to be nominated by a fellow Full Member and that nomination needs to be seconded by another Full Member, see form below.

We are also looking for additional Lay Members to join the Board, if you know of anyone who might be interested, for example a parent/guardian, teacher, SEN, retired Play Therapist or perhaps someone with knowledge about running a business, please contact us.

Why join the Board of Directors?

  • to contribute to promoting Play Therapy
  • to continue to develop Play Therapy as a respected and valued form of therapy for children
  • to participate in the continuing evolvement of BAPT, help us make BAPT the Register of choice for Play Therapists  
  • to learn new skills
  • to meet regularly with fellow Play Therapists

What are the benefits to you?

  • have your input in the evolvement of BAPT
  • expand your play therapy knowledge
  • learn new skills
  • meet fellow play therapists
  • add to your CPD log
  • add to your Curriculum Vitae
  • free attendance at BAPT’s annual conference (Board of Directors)
  • Expenses are paid to attend meetings

What are the benefits to Play Therapy and BAPT?

  • More activities would be able to be delivered as there would be more volunteer time available.
  • Promotion of Play Therapy  
  • Further development of Play Therapy, getting Play Therapy’s voice heard
  • Greater knowledge available
  • Enables BAPT to continue to develop as an effective and productive organisation for Play Therapy and Play Therapists.
  • Enable BAPT to reach its vision as being the register of choice for Play Therapists

What does it entail?

  • attendance at majority of the Board of Directors or sub-committee meetings (approximately six times a year, majority are via Zoom)
  • to contribute to the meetings and fulfil any tasks/roles required
  • attendance at the AGM
  • You will be assigned a mentor to support you.

If you need more information or would like to talk to a Director about the role, please contact Janet Steel  – 01932 828638, who will put you in touch with one of the Board.

Nomination form ( to be returned by 27th June) –  Board of Directors Nomination form 

Members are invited to attend this years AGM on Friday 8th July at 5.30Pm, this year an ‘in person’ event as part of our Conference weekend. This will  enable us to complete our obligations under Company’s House & Charity commission requirements and to keep members updated on what has been happening and what is planned for the next year.

We understand that not everyone will be able to or indeed want to attend in person, but as a member led organisation our members need to ensure that their votes count, so you can also send postal/email votes prior to the date of the AGM to be included in the count. 

(Please note only Full BAPT Members have full voting rights. Student Members are permitted to vote on any Student matters arising, Associate/Supervisor only Members do not have voting rights) 

AGM Pack

AGM Agenda  Agenda updated

BAPT Accounts 2020/21 Accounts 2020 – 21-

2021 AGM Minutes AGM minutes 2021 Confirmed

Chair’s report Chair report AGM 22

Sub Committee reports Committee Reports

Postal voting form if you can’t attend in person – to be emailed to by 4th July postal Voting form (002) (002)

Proxy Nomination – to vote at AGM on your behalf – to be emailed to BAPT by 4th July NOMINATION OF PROXY (002)

Proposal form – to raise a proposal to be considered by the Board/AGM – to be emailed to by 27th June Proposal form (002)

Nomination form –  to nominate yourself to join the Board  – to be emailed to BAPT by 27th June  Board of Directors Nomination form

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th July

BAPT Board of Directors


Conference 2022

Conference is On!! We’ve all been waiting for the opportunity to meet face to face, and here it is – 8th & 9th July, once again at Aston Conference Centre in Birmingham. 

Booking now live on Conference page – Conference 2022 

Full Brochure click here –  BAPT Conference Brochure 2022

Car Parking at Conference Aston: This must be booked online, prior to arrival. Please visit where you can book and pay for your space online. You will then be sent an email permit to display in your windscreen and an entry code for the car park. Please ensure you book this, prior to setting off, as we cannot guarantee availability at the venue car park, on the day. Electric vehicle charging points are available on Aston Street, outside the Hotel. 

Birmingham has a Clean Air Zone, so some cars will be charged for driving in certain areas of the city.   To find out the areas included, the fees and times they are valid, please visit – Introduction | A clean air zone for Birmingham | Birmingham City Council

To check if your car will incur a fee visit – Drive in a clean air zone – GOV.UK (

Delegate info – Conference Aston_Delegate Info Guide

Membership renewals 2021

In light of the pandemic situation through this last membership year, reduced supervision levels will be accepted provided they are Pro rata to levels of work undertaken. This applies to all Membership categories.

Due to an unforeseen technical problem, we are unable to email personalised forms this year, downloadable blank versions are available below:

Full Members Full Member Renewal Form blank

Full (NQT) Members Full (NQT Member Renewal Form blank

Student Members Student Member Renewal Form blank

Approved Supervisors Approved Supervisors Renewal Form

Retired Members  Retired renewal form

FMR001 Full membership renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £163.00

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SMR001 Student membership renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £40.00

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Retired Members renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £37.00

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Approved Supervisors renewal fee
+ Paypal process fee


Price: £32.00

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CONFERENCE 2021 – 24/25 September 2021

 (Click link below)

BAPT VIRTUAL Conference 2021 – 24th & 25th September – The British Association of Play Therapists


BAPT AGM – 26th June 2021 @ 10.00am

– Please email to confirm your attendance.

AGM pack –


Join the fun – activities – resources- members only forums

Members PackMEMBERS PACK PDF 2021

Info Pack for parents/carers/organisations/schools-  INFO PACK PDF

CORONRVIRUS – Further update – Nov 2020

Guidance including information on contact tracing – Covid 19 and Guidance Nov 2020


UPDATE – 2nd June – BAPT has issued the following Policy guidance for continuing to work in the Covd19 Pandemic – BAPT COVID19 final policy version may 2020 –

24th March –  BAPT Interim advice Click to download – BAPT COVID19 FINAL 1 

24th March – Chair’s message to members

Dear Members, 

Firstly, I hope you are all well and safe. What strange and challenging times we are in.

BAPT have been working hard to respond to the continuous changes in Government guidance and directives around Covid19. As an interim measure, BAPT would like to issue the following guidance about the impact on therapeutic work with children and families. BAPT are aware that the most recent Government announcement of complete ‘lockdown’ for the UK means face to face therapy work is no longer an option, however we would like to offer the following guidance as an interim guidance about Play Therapy practice. BAPT COVID19 FINAL This will be under review by the Professional Practice subcommittee and the BoD. Special thanks to Lynne Borrowdale (Chair of PR and Communication) and Donne Benson (Chair of Professional Practice) for writing this document.

In essence, BAPT would like to remind all their members to continue to practice within their skills and competencies and keeping the child’s best interests at the heart of all decision making processes. Adhering to BAPT Ethical Basis for Play Therapy and safeguarding procedures is paramount.

Take good care and we hope you are safe and well.

Ruth Lazarus, Chair of Directors, BAPT

Other Updates will be emailed, posted on the same webpage, and we’ll also be updating via our social media feeds below.

22nd March

INSURANCE INFORMATION – email to members

Towergate – Business Continuity

Towergate – Cybercrime – Exploiting Coronavirus

19th March
Advice on Coronavirus – mostly for those working independently or in private small practices –  this has been reproduced, with permission,  from a document that a BAPT Member has produced for their own clients, but it may be of use/help for others in similar situation. Click on this linkCoronavirus Advice
BAPT handwashing poster to print & display

Accredited Registers Collaborative statement – ARC Statement of Accredited Registers about COVID (002)



The BAPT Board has been monitoring the situation and following Government advice, however given the uncertainty around the Coronavirus situation in the UK at the moment, the BAPT Board felt that in the interest of ethical and social responsibility to members and the wider community this was the only option at this time.

We will be re-arranging Conference for a later date and will keep you advised.


20th & 21st March- Birmingham – POSTPONED


Please remember that PSA Accreditation means that BAPT is Accredited as a register holder and that requires individual members to follow PSA Guidance on what this means as an individiual, please  click the following link: What does it mean for BAPT Members to be on a Professional Standards Authority accrediated register
Downloadable joint logo is available here: PSA-BAPT logo’s

PSA Accreditation Renewal
We are currently engaged in the re-accreditation process for this year, which again whilst not an onorous task, is a time consiuming one for an already busy group of people. We’ll keep you updated on the outcome!

The Professional Standards Authority have produced a promotional video called ‘Let’s Work Together’ which is now available to use and publish to promote the PSA and our register. The video makes direct reference to Play Therapy as a profession and could be very helpful in demonstrating the quality assurance that being on an accredited register brings. Please feel free to spread the word. Click below for the link:

Family concerns Play Therapy
A number of Members have been in contact with us regarding contact being made by this organisation asking if they would like to advertise in a magazine – If you are thinking of advertising as a Play Therapist in a magazine or directory you should always ask for details of circulation and a couple of past copies (most can send these electronically). You should also contact a couple of the advertisers to check out whether the service received has been satisfactory. We advise members to always ask to see artwork before it goes into the magazine so you can proof and do not pay up front – wait until you have been sent a printed copy of the magazine/directory with your advert in.

CRB/DBS for Private Practice
For members who are in private practice, details of how to obtain a CRB/DBS as an individual are available here

DBS Services, contact number 07500334404, email

or” other organisations that offer individual CRB/DBS appplications are also available – just type DBS/CRB for individuals into your search engine.

The Members Area is available to Full, Student and Retired Members. All such members will be automatically sent an access password via the email address they have on record. Access to this area expires if you do not renew your BAPT membership each year.

Please help us to make this area fulfil your needs by providing feedback on:

What would you like it to contain?

Would a chat room/bulletin board be a valuable extra for members? (would you envisage using it to have onsite debates/exchanges of practice ideas with your colleagues?)

What about links to relevant suppliers (E.G. Of therapeutic books/toys)?

Would an online newsfeed service be of interest to you whereby you could track up-to-the-minute media references to play therapy, children’s mental health, etc?

Your feedback will help us to tailor the site to your needs & ensure members’ money is not wasted on services that will not be utilised. Please have your say!