Westminster Education Forum

Improving mental health provision for children and young people - policy developments, collaboration and the role of schools

Morning, Wednesday, 4th March 2020

Central London

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This seminar will bring out latest thinking on priorities for improving children and young people’s mental health provision in England.


It is bringing together policymakers, clinicians and representatives of the education system to examine next steps for policy and practice.


It takes place with:


  • Commitments by government to improve children and young people’s mental health as part of the NHS Long Term Plan, and
  • The release of the first State of the Nation report on children’s mental wellbeing which highlighted trends such as bullying as a key reason for unhappiness.

Delegates will discuss key government measures including:


  • The introduction of new mental health support teams in 48 areas across the country following initial trials;
  • The Link Programme, which aims to improve collaboration between schools and the NHS in the delivery of services to young people in need of mental health support; and
  • The introduction of the new compulsory RSHE Curriculum from September 2020 which aims to prepare children for adult life and help children make informed decisions about their wellbeing from an early age.

The agenda


  • Where next for children’s mental health provision in England;
  • Introducing the Link Programme - improving collaboration between the NHS and schools;
  • Creating a joined-up approach to children’s mental health provision - identification, collaboration, prevention and introducing mental health support teams;
  • Policy priorities for children’s mental health provision;
  • Mental health services in schools - inspections, links between health and education, and teachers’ mental health:
    • Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges programme - a training programme case study;
    • Tackling resource concerns and improving the mental health of teaching staff;
    • Implementing the new health curriculum;
  • Joint inspections focusing on children’s mental health - key findings so far.

Keynote contributions and case studies


The agenda includes keynote addresses from: Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England; Wendy Ghaffar HMI, Specialist Adviser, Cross Remit Safeguarding, Ofsted - and from Kadra Abdinasir, Head, Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health and Strategic Lead, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.


Speakers sharing particular areas of experience include:


  • coordination of health and education services and the introduction of the Link Programme - with Neil Dawson, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families;
  • the mental health of the teaching workforce and wider resource concerns - with Rosamund McNeil, National Education Union;
  • the Make it Count campaign, designed to ensure that every child receives an education focused on mental health - with Jane Caro, Mental Health Foundation;
  • how the education system is geared around mental health provision for young people and priorities for young people’s wellbeing within school settings - with Lara Ferguson;
  • enhancing collaboration between health and education services to meet the needs of pupils - with Dr Tara Porter, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust - on;
  • developing a whole-school approach to addressing the needs of pupils - with Dr Julie Greer, Cherbourg Primary School, Hampshire;
  • approaches to training through the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges programme - with Dr Patrick Johnston, Director of Learning and Practice, Place2B
  • the teaching and implementation of the new health curriculum in primary schools and the expected impact on young people’s wellbeing - with Laura Brothwell, Assistant Headteacher, Portway Primary School, Newham on; and
  • work being done in Shefffield to commission and coordinate children’s mental health services as an elected trailblazer for the second wave of Mental Health Support Teams - with Bethan Plant, Sheffield City Council.


Keynote Speakers

Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan

Associate National Clinical Director, Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England

Wendy Ghaffar HMI

Specialist Adviser, Cross Remit Safeguarding, Ofsted

Keynote Speakers

Wendy Ghaffar HMI

Specialist Adviser, Cross Remit Safeguarding, Ofsted

Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan

Associate National Clinical Director, Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England

Chairs

Baroness Parminter

Member, House of Lords Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee

Baroness Massey of Darwen

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Young People's Health

Speakers

Dr Julie Greer

Headteacher, Cherbourg Primary School

Jane Caro

Programme Lead, Families, Children and Young People, Mental Health Foundation

Dr Tara Porter

Acting Lead Clinical Psychologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Rosamund McNeil

Assistant General Secretary, National Education Union

Dr Patrick Johnston

Director of Learning and Practice, Place2Be

Kadra Abdinasir

Head, Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health and Strategic Lead, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

Bethan Plant

Health Improvement Principal, Public Health, Sheffield City Council

Laura Brothwell

Assistant Headteacher, Portway Primary School

Neil Dawson

Co-Head, Anna Freud Services for Schools, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Co-Founder, The Family School

Lara Ferguson

Young Person