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


Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • (Chair) Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE, Chair, Children and Young People’s Coalition
  • Debbie Simmons, Head of Service Midlands/North, Place2Be
  • Chris Skinner, Senior Online Safety Consultant, National Online Safety
  • Jenny Barksfield, Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association
  • Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, Associate Clinical Director, Children and Young People's Mental Health, NHS England
  • Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching School & Partnerships, The Alliance for Learning
  • Kimberley Evans, Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist and Team Lead, Manchester Healthy Schools Programme, Manchester University NHS Foundation

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.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dame Sue Bailey OBE Chair, Children and Young People’s Coalition

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10:00 - 10:30
Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper

 
  • Considerations of the Green Paper’s proposals for young people’s mental health
  • Overview of the Children and young people’s transformation programme (NHS England) including long term plan 

Speakers

Prathiba Chitsabesan Associate Clinical Director

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10:30 - 10:40
Questions and Discussion

 

10:40 - 11:00
Improving Joint Working Between Schools and Mental Health Services

 

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

11:00 - 11:20
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

11:20 - 11:30
Questions and Discussion

 

11:30 - 12:00
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

12:00 - 12:20
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

Chris Skinner Senior Online Safety Consultant, National Online Safety

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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 

Speakers

Lisa Fathers Director of Teaching School & Partnerships, The Alliance for Learning

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12:40 - 12:45
Questions and Discussion

 

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

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

12:55 - 13:00
Questions and Discussion

 

13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

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

 

  • Introducing new classes on ‘mental resilience’ which will be part of the curriculum from 2020
  • Ensuring best practice for curriculum delivery
  • Key action points to consider, and pitfalls to avoid, when preparing to teach mental and emotional health and wellbeing

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

Debbie Simmons Head of Service Midlands/North, Place2Be

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14:40 - 14:45
Questions and Discussion

 

14:50 - 15:10
Equipping staff with knowledge, skills and tools to support children and young people

 
  • Increasing awareness and confidence in supporting mental health issues 
  • Taking person-centred approaches 
  • 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

15:10 - 15:30
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

Kimberley Evans Team Lead, Manchester Healthy Schools Programme, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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15:30 - 15:40
Questions and Discussion

 

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

 

Speakers

Dame Sue Bailey OBE Chair, Children and Young People’s Coalition

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End

Speakers

Dame Sue Bailey OBE Chair, Children and Young People’s Coalition

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Jenny Barksfield Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association

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Prathiba Chitsabesan Associate Clinical Director

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Kimberley Evans Team Lead, Manchester Healthy Schools Programme, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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Lisa Fathers Director of Teaching School & Partnerships, The Alliance for Learning

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Debbie Simmons Head of Service Midlands/North, Place2Be

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Chris Skinner Senior Online Safety Consultant, National Online Safety

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Venue details

Central Manchester


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