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The Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) is an NHS organisation committed to developing and promoting psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and the application of its core attributes, across the age range in health, education and social contexts. Our strategy is to achieve this by integrating psychotherapeutic practice, research and training into innovative and effective clinical services, consultancy, education and workforce development.

NSCAP was established by the NHS in 2003 and is funded by Health Education England to support training and workforce development across the north of England.  NSCAP is hosted by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  We are accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists, the professional body for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists in the UK, and an Affiliate Member organisation of the British Psychoanalytic Association. We work in partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Universities of Leeds and Essex. 

NSCAP is a major NHS centre of mental health learning and practice.  


NSCAP's aim is to meet the needs of children, young people, families and adults with emotional, relational, learning and behavioural difficulties, especially where these are severe or complex.

We focus our resources on a number of key areas that are of concern to a wide range of professionals and organisations and where our distinctive developmental, relational and psychoanalytic approach is most beneficial.

• Parenting, infancy and early years where there are complex difficulties.
• Adolescent mental health and services for young people.
• Looked-after and adopted children and adolescents.
• Working with severe disturbance including violent and sexual behaviour.
• Effective organizations in complex situations.

In this section of the website you can find out about our work on these priorities and access resources for people working in these areas. 


Annual Report 2018-19