Mental Health & Wellbeing in Children

Confirmed speakers:

  • Charlotte Rainer, Policy Officer, Mental Health & Wellbeing, The Children's Society
  • Dr. Rina Bajaj, Head of Training, Anna Freud Centre
  • Brendan Street, Professional Head of Emotional Wellbeing, Nuffield Health
  • Krissi Carter, Principal, Burton Borough School
  • Karen Heins, Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead, Burton Borough School
  • Aliceson O'Beirne, Director of Health & Wellbeing, The Stephen Longfellow Academy
  • Charlotte Hill, Head of Partnerships, Innovation & Wellbeing, Cornwall Council
  • Siôn Williams, Deputy Head, Wadebridge School
  • (Chair) Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health Educator & Vice Chair, Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition


It is now more apparent than ever that more needs to be done to improve children & young people’s mental health provision. The LGA have reported that social services are seeing more than 560 cases of children with mental health disorders every day, an increase of more than 50 per cent in four years. To tackle this, local authorities, health and social care, police services, children services, charities and education providers must build on their existing services to combat the increasing need for support in a multi-agency, personalised approach.

Join us on Thursday 5th December 2019 for an up to date brief on improving child mental health and wellbeing. We will examine how organisations can take a multi-agency approach in identifying, referring and supporting children experiencing mental health difficulties, what leading organisations are doing to embed mental wellbeing into a whole school and whole family approach and government actions to improve specialist provision.

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • Government policies & actions to improve pupil mental health and what they mean for schools, social workers, local authorities and healthcare services
  • Key themes in mental health guidance for young people: the National Problem Gambling Clinic, Social Media, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Loneliness
  • Understanding the role of healthcare providers, children’s services and schools in signposting resources and offering specialist help for young people
  • Spotting the red flags: designated staff roles and whistleblowers
  • Ensuring clear communication and information sharing between local authorities, schools and healthcare services
  • The ‘whole school approach’ and ‘whole family approach’ working in tandem: supporting children both inside and outside of school
  • Effective use of innovative community and voluntary schemes to support pupil mental health

The event:

The morning session will provide an update on recent policy and guidnace around children's mental health and explore preventative approaches.

The afternoon session will examine best practice examples of providing targeted support for children and young people. 

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in improving pupil mental health & wellbeing, including: early intervention and preventon team; children's health & social care services; local authorities; designated mental health leads; school nurses & counsellors; PSHE leads; head/deputy/assistant headteachers; principles & chief executives; alternative education providers; pupil referral units; governors; LEAs; Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services; children’s & mental health charities; teaching unions; and representative groups.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 5th December 2019

11:00am - 3:30pm (including networking lunch)


Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

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