Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for child mental health in England - developing a multi-agency approach and provision in schools

Morning, Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Central London


This timely seminar is bringing together stakeholders and key policymakers to discuss priorities for improving children and young people’s mental health provision.

The seminar follows the release of proposals in the Government’s Green Paper on children’s mental health, including the introduction of specialist mental health leads in schools and colleges, the creation of new community-based mental health support teams and the piloting of 4-week waiting times for services.

Delegates will discuss the potential challenges for implementing these key proposals including funding concerns and the impact on teaching resources. Strategies to improve provision in the immediate term, as well as developing a collaborative approach between schools, CAMHS and the voluntary sector will also be considered.

Further sessions examine the final findings of the Care Quality Commission’s review of children and young people’s mental health services, due to be published in March, which will build on its first report that highlighted concerns around safety, skills, and the complexity and fragmentation of the system.   

Keynote Speakers

Catherine Tyack

Lead, Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper, Department of Health and Social Care

Claire Robson

Public Health Delivery Manager, Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England


Jo Hardy

Acting Head of Parent Services, YoungMinds

Sue Baillie

Pastoral Director, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Dr Lynne Green

Incoming Clinical Director, Place2Be

Matthew Peers

Commissioning Manager, Integrated Commissioning Team, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and Sheffield City Council

Dr Lynne Green

Incoming Clinical Director, Place2Be

Sally Murray

Head of Children’s Commissioning, NHS Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group

Laurie Day

Technical Director, ECORYS

Professor Louise Arseneault

Professor of Developmental Psychology, King’s College London

Linda Oliver

Headteacher, Harrietsham Church of England Primary School, Kent

Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Vice Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition