Special Group for Psychology and Social Care

Welcome to the Special Group for Psychology and Social Care website.

Social Services Departments, by and large, do not employ their own psychologists and there is no national move in this direction. However, Social Services Departments have onerous responsibilities to the most disadvantaged people in our society and recent legislation has provided many new challenges in the child, adolescent and adult spheres. 

Psychological services are also undergoing rapid evolution and there is now greater emphasis upon clearly contracted professional work being delivered in a vigorously accountable manner.The Special Group aims to promote an active debate as to professional service evolution whilst encouraging new and worthwhile ventures.


  • To promote high professional standards by psychologists who either work for Social Services Departments or whose work takes them into Social Services settings;
  • To generate proposals for the initial training to better equip psychologists for work within or in conjunction with Social Services Departments;
  • To debate and to help implement the recommendations of the BPS Working Party report Psychologists and Social Services;
  • To work closely with Sections, other Special Groups and Divisions of the Society in pursuit of these aims and, where appropriate, to collaborate with other organizations and individuals with similar interests;
  • To promote the interests of members of the Special Group in their activities in social services settings; and
  • To carry on activities as may be conducive to the foregoing aims.