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Arrival, refreshments and exhibitor viewing


Welcome and introduction 

CHAIR Ravi Chandiramani, Editor-in-chief, Children & Young People Now


Policy Keynote - Overview of policy reforms, and opportunities to improve provision

  • Update on progress and ambitions of the green paper, Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision, and the NHS Long Term Plan
  • How these key policies intersect, and the main implications for practice 
  • Current trends and approaches to adolescent mental health, and keeping pace with change

SPEAKER Paul Burstow, Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust




Practice Keynote: putting policy into practice: challenges, triumphs and a vision of the future

  • How policy is being implemented on the ground and considers the challenges and the successes in policy implementation to improve the mental health and psychological well-being of CYP
  • Sets out a vision of the future of how the CYP mental health and psychological well-being could be improved by taking a wider view 

SPEAKER Duncan Law, Consultant Clinical Associate & Joint Programme Director, PGCert CYP IAPT Management and Leadership




Refreshments and exhibitor viewing


Practice Seminar 1 (choose 1A, 1B or 1C)

1A Mental health support teams for schools

  • Initial learnings from the government green paper pilot
  • How key stakeholders involved in providing the mental health support teams will effectively bring about service transformation
  • Key considerations for proposed mental health leads in schools

SPEAKER Helen Ford, Integrated Care System Lead for Children’s Mental Health and Maternity, Future in Mind and Better Births Programmes, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group; and Tim Browne, Director of Education, Gloucestershire County Council

1B Bridging the gap: improving transitions between adolescent and adult mental health services

  • How Norfolk is implementing an ambitious vision to improve mental health services for children and young people up to the age of 25 by: building interim provision for those who fall between the children’s and adults’ services; and defragmenting the way services work for children and young people

SPEAKER Tim Eyres, Head of Integrated Commissioning, Norfolk County Council; and Dr Jon Wilson, Consultant psychiatrist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

1C Routine Enquiry about Adversity in Childhood (REACh) – how asking the right questions can change the world

  • Summary of the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) research and the implications of this science for the prevention and mitigation of the impact of adversity across the life course
  • The case for routine or targeted enquiry across multi-agency settings, and the obstacles and enablers for effective and sustained practice change

SPEAKER Warren Larkin, Managing Director, Warren Larkin Associates


Practice Seminar 2 (choose 2A, 2B or 2C) 

2A Mental health support for adolescents in care

  • Using evidence based approaches to the diversity of mental health issues facing fostered young people
  • The benefits and challenges to establishing collaborative working with young people, carers and the systems around them
  • How trauma presentations in young people can be understood and misunderstood

SPEAKER Dr Matt Woolgar, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, National Adoption & Fostering Service, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

2B Tackling youth violence and gang mentality: behind the behaviour

  • Developing a community-based, co-produced mental health service for young people who are affected by gang involvement
  • Reflections on co-production in practice - the challenges and benefits of using this approach with young people who would not traditionally access mental health support
  • Theoretical underpinnings of this work and how it informs our understanding of gang involvement and our intervention

SPEAKER Dr Richard Grove, Clinical Psychologist, Team Lead for Project 10/10, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust

2C Parental mental illness: How to support young people affected by parental mental illness to build their resilience

  • Learn about a young person's experience of having a parent with a mental illness, understand the challenges faced by this group, and what helps build resilience for them
  • Discuss helpful ways to talk to young people about their parent's mental illness, and how you can incorporate this into your practice
  • Learn about approaches and interventions for supporting young people affected by parental mental illness, and their impact

SPEAKERS Chineye Njoku, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Trustee and Ambassador; and Helena Kulikowska, Development Director, Our Time


Lunch, networking and exhibitor viewing 


Practice Seminar 3 (choose 3A, 3B or 3C)

3A Drawing and Talking: As an adolescent therapeutic intervention

  • Drawing and Talking is a therapy suitable for children, adolescents and adults which focuses on prevention, early intervention and recovery of mental health issues
  • A discussion of the social impacts affecting adolescent emotional wellbeing
  • How play therapy is still relevant for adolescents processing pain and trauma

SPEAKER Catherine Beagley, Managing Director, Drawing and Talking

3B Supporting social, emotional and mental health needs of adolescents with SEND

  • How to maintain support through adolescence and the transition between child and adult services
  • An overview of the Strengthening the Circle Programme, which gives non-specialists the confidence, skills and competence to support the mental wellbeing of young people

SPEAKERS Linda Jordan, Senior Adviser, Preparing for Adulthood; & Kate Linsky, Programme Lead, Mental Health, National Development Team for Inclusion

3C Self-harm and eating disorders: behind the behaviour

  • What are the definitions, risks and resilience factors associated with these behaviours?
  • Why we should look behind the behaviour to identify those who are most vulnerable

SPEAKER Lisa Anderson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Refreshments and exhibitor viewing 


Closing Keynote: The influence of social media on adolescent mental health

  • Promoting mental wellbeing and resilience strategies in young people and their use of social media
  • Encouraging critical thinking around mass media and understanding its benefits and limitations

SPEAKER Sophie Linnington, Deputy CEO, Parent Zone




Sum up and close of conference