Morning, Wednesday, 4th March 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will discuss 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; and
- The implementation so far of key government measures.
The agenda includes keynote contributions from:
- Professor Prathiba Chitsabesan, Associate National Clinical Director, Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England and Improvement;
- Wendy Ghaffar HMI, Specialist Adviser, Cross Remit Safeguarding, Ofsted;
- Neil Dawson, Co-Founder, The Family School; and
- Kadra Abdinasir, Strategic Lead, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.
Further confirmed speakers include: Laura Brothwell, Portway Primary School, Newham; Jane Caro, Mental Health Foundation; Lara Ferguson, Young Person; Dr Julie Greer, Cherbourg Primary School, Hampshire; Dr Patrick Johnston, Place2Be; Rosamund McNeil, National Education Union; Bethan Plant, Sheffield City Council; and Dr Tara Porter, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
The chairs are: Baroness Parminter and Baroness Massey of Darwen.
It takes place with key government initiatives already planned or in place, including:
- Commitments to improve children and young people’s mental health as part of the NHS Long Term Plan;
- Publication 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;
- Introduction of new mental health support teams in 48 areas across the country following initial trials last academic year;
- 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
- A new compulsory RSHE Curriculum being introduced from September 2020, which aims to prepare children for adult life and help children make informed decisions about their wellbeing from an early age.
Sessions in the agenda include:
- Policy priorities and 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;
- 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; and
- Implementing the new health curriculum.
- Joint inspections focusing on children’s mental health - key findings so far.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
Westminster Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the DfE; DHSC; the Cabinet Office; DCMS; and the Government Legal Department.