Improving Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

health & social care

08:45 - 16:20

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Manchester Central Convention Complex, Central Manchester

This Forum allows participants to assess the current landscape and future provision of mental health services for children and young people. Attendees will learn from best practice case studies and policy experts about how to develop innovative measures and work in collaboration to improve services, as well as how to design and implement successful strategies and initiatives.


This Forum is specifically designed for all Public Sector employees and in particular for the Voluntary and Education Sectors, including Health Professionals, Local Government and Schools including CAMHS Practitioners, Principals, Chief Executives, Mental Health Improvement Officers, Heads of Children’s Commissioning, Improvement Leads, Commissioning Managers, Directors of Children’s Services, Programme Managers, Youth Wellbeing Managers, Heads of Operations, Children’s Nurses and Project Officers, Mental Health Clinical leads, Service Managers, School Nurses and Headteachers.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Frank Mcghee, National Transformation Adviser for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England
  • Larissa Pople, Senior Researcher, The Children’s Society
  • Dame Sue Bailey, Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition 
  • Jane Case, Northern Hub Manager, YoungMinds 
*Click here to see the other speakers and detailed programme*


Policy Background

According to the Mental Health Foundation, half of all mental health problems start by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 18, showing that there is a clear need to address mental health difficulties amongst children and young people to ensure they are able to fulfil their potential. Mental health will affect not only the schooling of young people but also their careers and ultimately life chances.

As a result the Prime Minister announced in January 2017 the government’s intention to transform mental health services for children and young adults. As part of the plans every secondary school in the country will be offered additional mental health training as well as a strengthening of the links between schools and NHS specialist staff. An extra £15million of funding will also be introduced to improve community care, of which the mental health of children and young people will form a key part of. In addition there is an ambition by 2021 to ensure all children are be able to access mental health care support locally rather than be forced to travel long distances for specialist care.

In order to achieve a transformation in mental health services for children and young people, it is of paramount importance that all stakeholders, schools, NHS, Commissioners and Local Authorities, learn how to work in collaboration to deliver an integrated approach towards mental health as well as share insights into what effective mental health provision looks like.

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Registration, Refreshments & Networking


Chair’s Welcome Address

Professor David Morris, Professor of Mental Health, Inclusion and Community, University of Central Lancashire (invited)


Morning Keynote: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

  • Providing an update on the Five Year forward Review on improving access to services for children and young people
  • Collaborating with partner organisations across health, education, youth justice, children’s services, the voluntary and independent sectors to consider how to improve mental health services for children and young people
  • Outlining the work NHS England is carrying out to meet the government’s target of ensuring every secondary school in the country is offered free training in mental health services support
  • Setting out forthcoming policy changes towards child and young adults mental health and how this will impact the NHS
  • Sharing examples of best practice on commissioning mental health services

Frank Mcghee, National Transformation Adviser for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Improving Mental Health Services for Children and Young Adults

  • Working with schools and other organisations that work with children to raise awareness of mental health challenged faced by young people
  • Promoting early intervention amongst schools as a means of helping children and young adults with mental health difficulties and highlighting how this can be achieved
  • Highlighting the need for training providers to take into account children’s development and mental health in their training curriculums
  • Working with schools and colleges to ensure school leaders and teachers to champion a whole school culture of good emotional well-being and resilience

Dame Sue Bailey, Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CONFIRMED)


Sponsored Session


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Securing Funding to Improve Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

  • Highlighting the processes by which the Gaddum Centre was awarded over £48,000 funding for their ‘Who Cares’ project
  • Leading an extensive programme to promote health and wellbeing through integrated working across school nursing, education, local authorities and carers’ services
  • Delivering an early help service for young carers’ to support their mental health and emotional development needs
  • Utilising the funding for the development of specialist services that possess the knowledge and understanding of children and young people’s mental health

Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive, Gaddum Centre (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Delivering Outstanding Mental Health Services Within an NHS Trust

  • Harnessing digital technologies to collaboratively develop CAMHS resources with young people
  • The Transformation of primary care mental health services for CYP in Wirral using the iThrive Model
  • Next Step Cards – a coproduced communications resource supporting the wider children’s workforce to engage and empower young people
  • The Youthink Peer Education project

Dr Pender, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director for CAMHS, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: The Role of the Voluntary Sector in Improving Child Mental Health

  • Ensuring young people have sufficient information on where they can get help and guidance from, by providing literature and guidance
  • Utilising The Calm Harm app, commissioned by the NSPCC, to help young people manage the urge to self-harm, the first clinically developed app for young people at risk of self-harm based on clinical evidence
  • Working in close partnership with schools to develop robust programmes to help in student wellbeing as well as mental health difficulties including using PHSE programmes, peer mentoring and inter school student conferences
  • Working with parents via schools and community organisations to outline common mental health problems, spotting early signs of mental health problems and what steps parents can take to address this
  • Highlighting what organisatons can do to involve more young people in the design and delivery of mental health services

Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and CEO, Stem4 (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Working to Improve Mental Health Services For Young People

  • Outlining the work of the ‘Wise Up’ campaign, which lobbies the government to rebalance the education system so that the wellbeing of children is on a par with academic achievement
  • Collaborating with NHS England to increase participation of young people in mental health workshops, meaning achieving better health outcomes and highlighting what programmes Young Minds is working on to achieve this
  • Working in partnership with schools to develop pupil resilience and highlighting why this is important in helping pupils fulfil their potential
  • Developing toolkits to understand how organisations can effectively improve the mental health of young people, including winning bids and grants

Jane Case, Northern Hub Manager, YoungMinds (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Evaluating the State of Children and Young People's Well-being

  • Background to The Children’s Society’s well-being research programme and annual Good Childhood Reports
  • Key findings from the Good Childhood Report 2017 highlighting how multiple experiences of disadvantage are linked to children’s well-being
  • Summary of key findings from Stick with us, a report into the scale of missed appointments in CAMHS and what must be done to improve care and reduce cost.

Larissa Pople, Senior Researcher, The Children’s Society (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Using Innovative Methods to Tackle Mental Health Difficulties Amongst Children and Young People

  • Developing a comprehensive 3 year strategy to improve emotional wellbeing amongst children and young people, with a particular focus on early intervention and why this is important
  • Launching the innovative MH:2K, the first youth led approach to exploring issues around mental health awareness
  • Innovatively placing children and young people at the heart of care by working closely with them as citizen researchers, to work with the council to identify the mental health issues
  • Designing and co-delivering workshops through citizen researchers which gather young people’s views on potential solutions
  • Encouraging the stakeholders such as CCGs to work with schools to listen to young people concerns and ideas on mental health and wellbeing

Alan Higgins, Director of Public Health, Oldham Council (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Delivering Excellent Mental Health Support In a School Setting

  • Highlighting the excellent work carried out by Corby Technical School in winning the Bronze and Silver Mental Health Stigma Programme (MHSP) awards for mental health and sharing best practice on what other schools can do to improve their work on mental health
  • Applying for external accreditation to develop strong and effective policies on mental health to ensure the school was providing excellent support services for its students and outlining the process the school underwent to achieve this
  • Utilising a mental health app, designed by the NSPCC, in the school which provides counselling for young people directly through their phone enabling students to take control of their own mental health
  • Running a mental health awareness week in collaboration with external charities which includes assemblies and a spokesperson from the County’s Mental Health Campaign to address the stigma around mental health

Emma Toye, Attendance and Welfare Officer, Corby Technical School (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Working in Collaboration to Deliver Excellent Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

  • Commissioning an innovative programme in collaboration with Sheffield City Council and schools that seeks to recruit mental health champions across primary and secondary schools in Sheffield to tackle stress-related illnesses such as depression, eating disorders and self-harm among pupils
  • Working in close partnership with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to ensure effective delivery of mental health initiatives by discussing areas of priority and need
  • Emphasizing what worked well in collaboration and what other organisations can learn from the partnership
  • Collaborating with schools to hold assemblies to help students recognise the signs of stress and understanding how this can be replicated elsewhere
  • Highlighting what schools can do to develop a whole school approach to tackling mental health difficulties amongst pupils

Dr. Steve Thomas , Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities, Sheffield CCG (invited)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Closing Remarks

*programme subject to change

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