Key Points
  • Understand how to implement the green paper recommendations including providing mental health support teams in schools, a designated mental health lead and an effective PSHE syllabus
  • Learn about different interventions including mental health and school link services, peer-to-peer support, in-school counselling and 'whole-school' approaches
  • Overcome stigma by educating staff, parents and pupils to be mental health aware
Guest of Honour

Dr Richard Graham Consultant Psychiatrist, Technology Addiction, Nightingale Hospital and Executive Board Member, UKCCIS

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Jenny Barksfield, Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association
  • Janet Smith, Mental Health Policy (Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Green Paper Team), Department of Health & Social Care
  • Anita Cleare MA AdvDip (Child Development), Founder, The Positive Parenting Project
  • Sharon Goldstone B.Ed., Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Early Help Mental Health & Wellbeing Officer, Chingford Foundation School
  • Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist, Technology Addiction, Nightingale Hospital and Executive Board Member, UKCCIS
  • Caroline Hounsell, Director of Partnerships, Product Development and Training, MHFA England
  • Chris Skinner, Senior Online Safety Consultant, National Online Safety
  • Dean Johnstone, CEO, Minds Ahead
  • Sophie McElroy, Partnership Manager and CAMHS Alliance Project Manager, Hackney Learning Trust
  • Gemma Niebieszczanski, Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project Manager, Anna Freud Centre
  • Gail Petty, Advocacy Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion
  • Bea Stevenson, Head of Emotional Health at School, Family Links
  • Francis Murphy, Headteacher, Pegasus Primary School

The Government green paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision’ has proposed changes to the way children and young people’s mental health is managed in schools. Including the introduction of a Designated Mental Health Lead in every school, mental health support teams in schools and lessons in mental wellbeing as part of the PSHE syllabus.

With the growing prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people and the strong evidence linking well-being, learning and academic achievement, it is vital that mental health is no longer seen as an optional extra.

Attend this conference to learn how schools can work together with the NHS, voluntary sector and local authorities to improve the provision, commissioning and delivery of services. Take home practical advice about implementing different models of mental health provision in schools including mental health and school link services, peer-to-peer support, in-school counselling and ‘whole-school’ approaches. Learn how to overcome stigma by teaching pupils, staff and parents about mental health awareness.

Key topics to be covered at the event include:

  • Learn about the latest policy developments and funding to push forward mental health support in schools
  • Take away practical advice on implementing a whole-school mental health strategy
  • Ensure staff are fully trained to recognise early warning signs and are comfortable talking about mental health
  • Hear from successful pilots between schools and CAMHS to create robust multi-agency partnerships providing appropriate support
  • Gain PSHE lesson plans and guidance to raise awareness with pupils to remove the stigma associated with mental health problems
  • Explore how to engage with parents to discuss their children’s mental health
  • Listen to a young person’s opinion about what works in schools to help promote emotional health and prevent mental illness
  • Understand the negative effects of social media on mental health and understand the role the school can play in alleviating the impact
Attend to improve the focus on well-being and mental health in your school to support vulnerable pupils, build students’ emotional resilience and promote effective learning.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dean Johnstone CEO, Minds Ahead

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10:00 - 10:30
Improving Joint Working Between Schools and Mental Health Services

 
  • The Mental Health Services and Schools Link programme
  • Perspective of a local area lead

Speakers

Sophie McElroy Partnership Manager and CAMHS Alliance Project Manager, Hackney Learning Trust

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Gemma Niebieszczanski Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project Manager, Anna Freud Centre

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10:30 - 10:40
Questions and Discussion

 

10:40 - 11:00
Mental Health First Aid: Early Intervention and Prevention in Schools

 
  • The risks to young people’s mental health, including how to recognise the early warning signs of mental health issues
  • Protective factors for schools and youth workers to embody, and support systems available to staff
  • The Mental Health First Aid approach and current progress of the Youth MHFA in Schools programme
  • How schools can create a whole-school preventative approach to supporting mental health for students and staff

Speakers

Caroline Hounsell Director of Community and Content Development, MHFA England

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11:00 - 11:20
Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper: progress on implementation from the Department of Health and Social Care

 

Speakers

Janet Smith Mental Health Policy (Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Green Paper Team), Department of Health & Social Care

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11:20 - 11:30
Questions and Discussion

 

11:30 - 11:50
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:50 - 12:00
The effects on Mental Health of the Online World

 
  • Growing up in the online world, A message from Tom
  • Keeping Children Safe In Education
  • Taking a whole school approach to online safety

Speakers

Chris Skinner Senior Online Safety Consultant, National Online Safety

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12:00 - 12:20
Implementing a Successful Peer Mentoring Programme

 
  • Training young people to spot early warning signs
  • Supporting peer mentors to manage difficult conversations
  • What good peer support looks like and how to embed it into the community

Speakers

Sharon Goldstone B.Ed. Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Early Help Mental Health & Wellbeing Officer, Chingford Foundation School

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12:20 - 12:40
Embedding a Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

 
  • Mobilising the totality of the school experience to promote well-being and address mental health issues
  • Implementing coordinated and sustained interventions supported by robust policies
  • Developing a supportive school and classroom climate and ethos
  • Providing clear boundaries and a sense of strong and positive discipline
  • Promoting the well-being of staff
Bea will be joined by a teacher from Blackbird Academy Trust, made up of three Primary schools in Blackbird Leys

Speakers

Bea Stevenson Head of Emotional Health at School, Family Links

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Francis Murphy Headteacher, Pegasus Primary School

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12:40 - 12:45
Questions and Discussion

 

12:45 - 12:55
Young People’s Perspectives

 
Hear from two students about overcoming challenges at school and what support helped them.

Speakers

Kanaan Ashley Year 13 Student, Chingford Foundation School

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Mayur Dhumea Year 8 Student, Chingford Foundation School

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12:55 - 13:00
Questions and Discussion

 

13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:20
Teaching Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

 
  • Ensuring best practice for curriculum delivery
  • Key action points to consider, and pitfalls to avoid, when preparing to teach mental and emotional health and wellbeingw

Speakers

Jenny Barksfield Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association

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14:20 - 14:40
Engaging Effectively with Parents and Families About Their Child’s Mental Health

 
  • Knowing how to open a dialogue with all parents about mental health to increase awareness
  • Equipping parents with the skills to provide appropriate support at home
  • Learning how to have thoughtful communications with parents

Speakers

Anita Cleare MA AdvDip (Child Development) Founder, The Positive Parenting Project

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14:40 - 14:50
Questions and Discussion

 

14:50 - 15:10
Strengthening the Circle - Building Resilience in Children and Young people

 
  • Increasing awareness and confidence in supporting mental health issues 
  • Taking person-centred approaches that promote resilience
  • Sharing open source materials that are easy to implement 
  • Taking an holistic approach to workforce in a local area
  • Including the voice of children and young people

Speakers

Gail Petty Advocacy Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion

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15:10 - 15:30
Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health

 
  • Understanding the negative effects of social media at different ages
  • Effective interventions in schools
  • Internet safety and digital etiquette lessons
  • Informing parents about the risks of social media

Speakers

Dr Richard Graham Consultant Psychiatrist, Technology Addiction, Nightingale Hospital and Executive Board Member, UKCCIS

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15:30 - 15:40
Questions and Discussion

 

15:40 - 15:45
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

Speakers

Dean Johnstone CEO, Minds Ahead

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End

Speakers

Kanaan Ashley Year 13 Student, Chingford Foundation School

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Jenny Barksfield Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association

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Anita Cleare MA AdvDip (Child Development) Founder, The Positive Parenting Project

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Mayur Dhumea Year 8 Student, Chingford Foundation School

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Sharon Goldstone B.Ed. Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Early Help Mental Health & Wellbeing Officer, Chingford Foundation School

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Dr Richard Graham Consultant Psychiatrist, Technology Addiction, Nightingale Hospital and Executive Board Member, UKCCIS

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Caroline Hounsell Director of Community and Content Development, MHFA England

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Dean Johnstone CEO, Minds Ahead

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Sophie McElroy Partnership Manager and CAMHS Alliance Project Manager, Hackney Learning Trust

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Francis Murphy Headteacher, Pegasus Primary School

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Gemma Niebieszczanski Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project Manager, Anna Freud Centre

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Gail Petty Advocacy Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion

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Chris Skinner Senior Online Safety Consultant, National Online Safety

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Janet Smith Mental Health Policy (Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Green Paper Team), Department of Health & Social Care

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Bea Stevenson Head of Emotional Health at School, Family Links

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Venue details

Cavendish Conference Centre 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT

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