Westminster Education Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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Priorities for children’s mental health - learning from the pandemic, holistic and intersectional approaches, support in schools, and service recovery and preparing for the future

TO BE PUBLISHED December 2020


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***


This conference is examining priorities for improving children and young people’s mental health provision in England - particularly in the wake of COVID-19.


The agenda:


  • Assessing today’s child mental health provision in England
  • Tackling the challenges for child mental health support in the wake of COVID-19
  • Use of mental health technology for providing remote support - developments and limitations
  • Serving the mental health needs of groups facing specific issues - fostering an intersectional and holistic approach to provision of support
    • Providing effective support for children with experiences of domestic abuse
    • Children from Black & Asian communities and their journey to positive mental health
    • Supporting the mental health needs of children with SEND
    • Adapting modular approaches to meet complex mental health needs
  • Securing the recovery of children’s services post-pandemic
  • Next steps for child mental health services - resources and rising demand, support in schools, and fostering a joined-up approach to provision
  • Supporting child mental health - key policy priorities going forward

The discussion at a glance:


  • lockdown - the impact on child mental health, and what can be learned and applied for services and best practice going forward:
    • maintaining contact - how well the system fared with staying in touch with vulnerable children remotely, and the role of mental health technology and online services into the future
    • effectiveness of support - how well government initiatives helped mitigate worsening mental health in vulnerable children and young people, and priorities for future provision
    • ensuring that vulnerable children do not fall through the cracks - and are able to access mental health support to cope with ongoing pressures
  • service recovery:
    • coping with likely rise in demand - addressing the capacity of mental health support services to respond to the easing of lockdown restrictions
    • new lockdowns - how stakeholders and policymakers can work to ensure that, children’s mental health needs are taken into account, particularly at short notice and a local level
  • education:
    • the role of the education system - providing mental health support for children, including the stable routine and social interaction with peers provided by school attendance
    • Relationships and Sex Education - the likely impact of the new curriculum on young people’s mental wellbeing, and what can be learnt from the schools that have already began teaching
  • groups facing specific issues:
    • improving the system - how a more holistic and intersectional approach to the provision of mental health support can be better built into practice going forward
    • priorities - looking in particular at support for children with:
      • experience of domestic abuse - following a spike in cases of domestic abuse during the lockdown as well as recent increases
      • ethnic minority backgrounds - including increased support at a time of the disproportionate health and economic effects of the pandemic on ethnic minority communities
      • SEND - in the face of worsening anxiety during the pandemic and loss of daily routine, and with emergency legislation affecting access of some children their EHC plan support
  •  Funding, coordination and meeting policy commitments
    • funding - resourcing children’s services and child mental health support services, with the predicted economic downturn resulting from the pandemic, and priorities for the Spending Review
    • joined-up policy - including strategies for a coordinated, multi-agency approach between schools, the NHS, and charities to tackle mental health concerns
    • health policy implementation - next steps for meeting commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan

Policy officials attending:


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; the Department for Education; Ofsted; DCMS; the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health); and the National Audit Office. Also due to attend are representatives from Cambridge and Ely Child Contact Centres; Children for Health; Norfolk County Council; Off The Record, Bristol; Play Torbay; Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; School Library Association; SENse Learning; South Central and West; Square Peg; Stretford High School; The Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion; University of Birmingham; Wayfinder Community Interest Company and Wokingham Borough Council.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***


  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Education Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates