The prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people continues to rise and is now a high-profile national concern.

This essential conference on Wednesday 26th June will provide vital policy updates and a range of expert-led sessions providing insight, guidance and examples of innovative practice.

The conference sessions will provide:

  • An overview of progress of the children’s mental health green paper and the NHS Long Term plan, and how these key policies intersect
  • Understanding of how policy reforms are affecting practice across the workforce
  • Insight into the impact of social media and mass media on young people’s mental health
  • Guidance on promoting resilience and critical thinking skills in young people
  • Learnings from the green paper pilot of Mental Health Support Teams in schools
  • A case study on improving transitions between adolescent and adult mental health services
  • An appreciation of how adverse childhood experiences affect young people, and how to mitigate their impact across the life course
  • Overcoming challenges to provide effective mental support for young people in care
  • Effective approaches for supporting young people affected by parental mental illness
  • Alternative therapies to improve mental health focusing on prevention, early intervention and recovery
  • Developing community-based, co-produced approaches to mental health support for young people involved in gangs
  • How to maintain support for young people in care, and their carers
  • An examination of the risks and resilience factors associated with self-harm and eating disorders

The conference is designed for:

  •  Local authority children’s and families’ services
  •  Commissioners of services
  •  Youth service leaders
  •  Early help teams
  •  Counsellors and therapists
  •  CAMHS professionals
  •  Children and family social workers
  •  Clinical commissioning groups
  •  Public health professionals
  •  Children’s and young people’s charities
  •  Primary and secondary school headteachers and deputies
  •  Heads of year
  •  Pastoral leads and subject heads
  •  School nurses
  •  SEND professionals
  •  Educational psychologists
  •  Education welfare officers
  •  School governors
  •  Classroom teachers
  •  Teaching assistants