Morning, Wednesday, 4th March 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
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.
- 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.