Children and Young People's Mental Health: From Early Intervention to Improved Services

  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019
  • Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre
  • 08:25 - 16:00
  • Overview

Reports of children and adolescents’ issues with mental health hit the headlines far too often. A total of 389, 727 under-19s have an active referral – the highest figure ever.

At our sixth event in a series of conferences on this issue, Children and Young People’s Mental Health: From Early Intervention to Improved Services, will address how services can be improved.

Topics covered will include:

  • NAO review of mental health services for children and young people
  • Early intervention
  • Social media
  • Better integration of services
  • Transitioning to adult services


  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Colin Cram, Chief Executive, Open Forum Events (confirmed)
  • Jenny George, Director of Health Value for Money Audit, National Audit Office (confirmed)
"NAO review of Mental health services for children and young people"

The NAO published its report on mental health services for children and young people on 8 October 2018. It  primarily considered NHS-funded services, but  also looked at services provided in other settings such as in schools and by local authorities where relevant. It concluded that government does not have a coherent and coordinated cross-sector response, it does not have the data to do this and the right levers are not in place to ensure that local actions deliver the national ambitions. This session examines the steps the government needs to take to remedy this.


Synopsis coming soon...

  • Professor Susan Powell, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University (confirmed)

Synopsis coming soon...


Main Sponsor


Q&A Session

Jenny George, Director of Health Value for Money Audit, National Audit Office (confirmed)

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Department for Health and Social Care (invited)

Professor Susan Powell, Professor of Public Health, Manchester Metropolitan University (confirmed) 

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions to speakers from the morning session.


Refreshment Break in the Networking Area


Case Study

  • Matt Buttery, Chief Executive Officer, Triple P UK (confirmed)

Panel Discussion

Matt Buttery, Chief Executive Officer, Triple P (confirmed)

Kathryn Pugh MBE, Programme Lead for Children and Young People's Mental Health, NHS England (invited)

Speaker TBA, Dandelion Time (confirmed)

Emma Thomas, Chief Executive, Young Minds (invited)

Daniela D'urso, Team Leader, Children and Young People's Mental Health, Department of Education (invited)

"Improving integration between services"

It has long been argued that services dealing with children and young people's mental health problems are not adequately joined up. This includes organisations such as CAMHS, the education system, the NHS, charities and other third sector groups. This discussion will address solutions to this. 


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair's Afternoon Address


Case Study

At Drawing and Talking we train a wide range of professionals and individuals across the UK.


Catherine Beagley, MD, is the driving force behind the company’s vision; to help reach as many children and adults as possible who need emotional support.  Drawing and Talking is suitable for children, young people and adults who have been impacted and are suffering from the effects of trauma.


We provide a low cost, valuable tool which enables those who have undertaken the training programmes to support those children, teenagers and young people that can benefit, in a gentle but effective way before mental health problems become entrenched. 

  • Dr Bernadka Dubicka, Chair of Child and Adolescent Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) (confirmed)

Synopsis coming soon...

  • Barnardo's, Senior Executive, Barnardo's (confirmed)

Barnardo’s is currently commissioned to deliver a number of CAMHS services in partnership with, and on behalf of Trusts, Health Boards and CCGs. Our services are aligned with the principles of the Thrive Model, ensuring children and young people experience responsive and timely support. Our CAMHS services deliver Getting Advice and Getting Help support which focus on early intervention, self-help & peer support, signposting to community resources, as well as goal-focused, evidence-based counselling and therapy where needed. We work closely with specialist CAMHS and other key partners to ensure ease of access across the whole system, whether stepping up or down.


Case Study

Representative from Zumos (confirmed)

Zumos is an expertly written, peer reviewed 24/7 online service which is kite-marked by CAMHS and measures, builds and maintains resilience through supportive motivational recordings, CBM based games and personality quizzes. We guide towards approved further help readings, helplines, videos and web-links avoiding misinformation from searching the internet!

Zumos empowers the school to utilise it’s resources in the areas most in need by offering real-time statistical feedback and reporting that can measure the change! We have rolled out our service across UK schools and are getting fantastic feedback from schools about how the service has really helped support their school.


Closing Keynote Address


Q&A Session


Event Close

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Explore how to implement the government's Green Paper principles across Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • Gain insight into the priority recommendations of the government, health organisations and other relevant bodies.
  • Explore how to promote good mental well-being and resilience by supporting children and young people and their families to adopt and maintain behaviours that support good mental health.
  • Learn how to prevent mental health problems from arising by taking early action with children, young people and parents who may be at greater risk.
  • The conference will bring together professionals from the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services to engage and learn from each other.
  • Explore a whole-system approach focused on prevention of mental ill health, early intervention and integration of services.
  • Learn how to overcome the barriers that are preventing children and young people receiving the excellent mental health care they need.
  • Take advantage of excellent networking and interactive training opportunities.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.
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Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre

Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre

In 2002 the building was placed on the Listed Buildings at Risk Register with the Mary Ward House trust having failed to secure lottery funding.

The building has been painstakingly renovated to ensure that this extremely important part of National Heritage continues to serve as a place of learning, knowledge dissemination and promotion of equality.

We are continually reinvesting in upgrading and renovating the building to ensure it continues to serve society through the advancement of education (by the establishment and maintenance of a Grade 1 Listed building/museum)

This objective directly enables us in; the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage and science; the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage; the advancement of citizenship or community development

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who will attend

  • Academics
  • Acute and Community Mental Health Services
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Area Managers
  • Business / Service Development Managers
  • CAMHS Clinicians
  • CAMHS Services
  • Care Co-Ordinators
  • Chairs of NHS Trust Board
  • Chief Constables
  • Chief Executives and Assistant Chief Executives
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Commissioning Managers
  • Directors / Heads of Adult Social Services
  • Directors / Heads of Children's Social Services
  • Directors / Heads of Housing
  • Directors / Heads of Nursing
  • Directors / Heads of Public Health
  • Disability Advisors
  • Equality and Diversity / Inclusion Managers
  • General Practitioners and Practice Managers
  • Heads of Commissioning
  • Heads of Service
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Headteachers
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards and Managers
  • Housing Associations
  • Medical Directors / Officers
  • Mental Health Researchers
  • Nurses
  • Pastoral Care Teams
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • School Counsellors
  • Social Workers