Ethical Framework

Ethical Framework - The Ethical Framework for Play Therapy and Filial Play and Professional Conduct Procedure

LGBTQIA+ Policy Statement 2020 - This LGBTQIA+ policy has been created to ensure that all members of PTUK staff and registrants behave in a way that respects the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ people to enable LGBTQIA+ people to live full and equal lives.

Equality and Diversity Policy - PTUK is committed to supporting the creation of a fair, inclusive and diverse community where all are free from prejudice and have the support they need to achieve their full potential.

Unacceptable Behaviour Policy - This  policy has been created to ensure that all members of PTUK  behave in a way that respects staff in the PTUK office and fellow members  and prevents unacceptable behaviour.

Data Protection Policy - PTUK's data protection policies comply with the changes required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation applicable from 25th May 2018. 


PTUK Complaint Procedures - We try to ensure that all PTUK members deliver the highest standards of therapeutic care.

APAC/PTUK and PTI respectfully ask when communicating with any member of the team or our organisation you do so with the utmost dignity and respect.  As a therapeutic community we should not be expected to, nor will we tolerate any verbal abuse or cyber bullying and harassment towards our staff members and organisation at any time.  We reserve the right to refuse membership to PTUK should such behaviour occur.


Play Therapy UK Competency Framework

Competencies Use Employers - The PTUK Competency Framework may be used by employers who wish to introduce or are managing therapeutic services for children.

Competencies Use Therapists - The PTUK Competency Framework should be used continually by practitioners.

Competency Profile Filial Play Coach - The competencies listed form the basis of the accredited Certificate in Filial Play Coaching/Mentoring course run by APAC.

Competency Profile Play Therapist - Example of a Competency Profile for a Play Therapist.

CPD - One of the main objectives of PTUK is to ensure the protection of the public and the children in particular, from unsafe and ineffective practice. One of the ways of achieving this is through CPD. A main principle of PTUK is to encourage and support Life Long learning.

PSM - The Profession Structure Model (PSM) builds upon The Therapeutic Play Continuum, embracing a competency framework, to provide detailed guidance for play therapy.

PSM Illustrative Frag - In the illustrative example below a fragment of the model's competency framework sandplay is used as one of many competencies forming the group Working Therapeutically with Children.

Standards - PTUK has, in the past six years led the way in setting standards to ensure high quality of care when play therapy, therapeutic play skills and creative arts therapies are used with children to improve emotional literacy and alleviate behaviour and mental health problems.

CPD Standards - Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is an essential requirement for the revalidation of practitioners on the Professional Standards Authorities Accredited Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists managed by PTUK on behalf of PTI and its affiliated organisations.

Competencies Standard - Private and public sector organisations have been developing and using competencies and competency frameworks for about 20 years.

Competencies List 1 -

Clinical Governance

Play Therapy Dimensions Model - PTUK together with PTI have adopted the PTDM as a standard for good quality play therapy practice and clinical supervision.


Proposed Taxonomy - This proposal follows an article in the Autumn 2009 edition of Play For Life which highlighted the Play Therapy profession’s need for a Taxonomy of Conditions.

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