Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Right Care, Right Place, First Time

  • Thursday, 17 November 2022
  • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

Latest figures reveal that 42,000 children and young people are being treated for mental health problems every month, the highest number on record and the numbers continue to rise. Services struggled to meet demand before Covid-19, however the pandemic has exacerbated the situation and experts are warning of an “unprecedented crisis in young people’s mental health” with the potential to overwhelm the NHS.

Open Forum Events boasts an established portfolio of events focusing on mental health matters, with a back catalogue of conferences specifically related to CAMHS, and is delighted to invite you to join us at the Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Right Care, Right Place, First Time conference. This bi-annual meeting will explore the factors affecting the wellbeing and mental health of the younger generation and how they can be best supported.

Whilst it has been recognised and welcomed that more children and young people are receiving record levels of psychological support, it is feared that there are many still to seek help or have been excluded from receiving treatment on the basis of ‘not being ill enough’. The relentless and unsustainable rise in the numbers will exert even greater pressure on over stretched services.   

This conference will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the scale of the problem and seek to identify the way forward towards improved care and support. The plenary agenda will feature a line-up of expert speakers, imparting information, sharing best practice and stimulating discussion. 

The delegate focused programme has been designed to allow for maximum interactive engagement between speakers and audience through question-and-answer sessions, whilst interspersed between plenary presentations there will be ample opportunity for casual networking and knowledge sharing with peers and fellow professionals.

  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Sponsors and Supporters

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Olly Parker, Head of External Affairs, YoungMinds (confirmed)

Keynote Address

  • Kadra Abdinasir, Associate Director of Children & Young People's Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health (confirmed)
"Fit for purpose? Towards an effective children and young people’s mental health system"

Despite more children and young people receiving mental health support, the relentless rise in numbers requiring treatment has the potential to overwhelm the NHS and other key services. What can be done to manage demand? And how can we promote a comprehensive, more joined up and inclusive system?


"Improving Access to Services"

All over the UK, young people are left waiting unacceptable lengths of time for access to NHS Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS), which are often unable to meet the needs of older children and young adults accessing support independently, and rarely offer any support to young people after the age of 18. This leaves many young people without access to services at an age where, data suggests, they are often most in need of support.

  • Dr Guy Northover, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist@Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT & Clinical Lead for CYPMH, GIRFT (confirmed)
"Providing the Best Possible Outcomes for Children and Young People"

In light of a new report on child and adolescent mental health services, which has made 21 recommendations in areas such as impatient CAMHS services and new models of community care for young people on crisis pathways, this presentation will focus on delivering services to enable the best possible outcomes. 


Headline Supporter

Mayden (Confirmed)


Question and Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

GamCare (Confirmed)


Sharing Best Practice

"m-LAH (Motivation for Learning and Health)"

m-LAH is a government-funded talking initiative that helps motivate secondary school students to lead healthier lifestyles. m-LAH is different to other mental health programmes: it is delivered and facilitated by the students themselves

  • Dr Nihara Krause, CEO and Consultant Clinical Psychologist , stem4 (confirmed)
"Treatment Thresholds-Are They Too Strict?"

Does the treatment criteria deny those in need, putting them at risk, and facilitates a rationing of care? A survey of GPs found that half said CAMHS were rejecting half of referrals they made of under-18s suffering from anxiety, depression, conduct disorder and self-harm because their symptoms were not seen as severe enough.


Case Study


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area

A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.


Chair's Afternoon Address


Case Study

"Healing is Human"

Neuroscientists have, now, proved that, for us to positively impact our nervous system we must form social relationships to re-establish brain patterns into feeling safe and secure.

Attachment based therapeutic interventions are an essential starting point for any child who is suffering emotionally and socially.

During this discussion we enquire into why asking why and bringing cognitive behavioural approaches to healing are not always sufficient in meeting individual needs.

"The Impact of Parental Mental Health on Children"

Parental mental illness can significantly impact on the lives of dependent children. Direct influences on offspring can include genetic makeup, developments in the womb, ante-natal depression and direct exposure to the parental mental illness itself. Indirect effects, such as socioeconomic disadvantage and marital conflict often associated with mental illness, can also have profound detrimental effects.


Alex Gray, Service Head of Childline (invited)

"We All Feel It"

We All Feel It, a campaign to support young people, particularly boys and young men who are struggling to speak about their mental health and to provide support before they reach crisis.


Question & Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Melissa Baitmansour, CAMHS Innovation Through Involvement Lead , Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"A Padlet Page for Participation"

Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have launched a Padlet page for Participation.

  • Dr Karen Wright, CAMHS DBT Clinical Leads, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
  • Dr Bertha Rogers, CAMHS DBT Clinical Leads, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"CAMHS DBT: the good, the bad, and the ugly."

The presentation will focus on the set-up and delivery of a new county-wide CAMHS DBT Service in Hertfordshire for young people accessing Tier 3 Mental Health services. We will share the challenges and successes of the first three years of the programme, including the adjustment to working virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic with a high-risk population.


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

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• Accrue 8 CPD points
• Receive an update on current demand and how children and young people can be better supported at times of crisis
• Hear how provision can be made more accessible and approachable
• Gain insight into the recommendations aimed at improving CYPMH outcomes
• Understand more about the threshold criteria to receive treatment
• Identify the relationship between parental mental health and the impacts on children
• Learn about the initiatives created to promote improved health and wellbeing amongst school age children
• Discover the innovations and initiatives that are making a difference to children and young people’s lives
• Engage in sharing best practice
• Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow professionals
• Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking


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  • Improving the Whole Children and Young People’s Mental Health System

    • Posted on 25 November 2016
  • Importance of Schools in the Children and Young People’s Mental Health System

    • Posted on 01 December 2017
    • by Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Improving Care, Treatment and Support

    • Posted on 13 December 2017
  • Mind the rhetoric-action gap: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision

    • Posted on 01 June 2018
    • by Dr Terry Hanley
  • If you care about children’s mental health, solving UK poverty should be at the top of your to do list

    • Posted on 19 June 2018
    • by Helen Barnard
  • Ann Coffey's Speech on Risks of Exploitation facing Looked After Children

    • Posted on 20 December 2019
    • by Ann Coffey
  • Suicide and self-harm: vulnerable children and young people

    • Posted on 14 June 2022
    • by Maddie Burton




The Royal National Hotel, London

The Royal National Hotel, London

Offering breathtaking views across Russell Square the hotel is within easy walking distance to the British Museum. Well located with Russell Square underground station a 2 minute walk away.

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who will attend

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
Health and Wellbeing Boards and Managers
Housing Associations
Medical Directors / Officers
Mental Health Researchers
Pastoral Care Teams
School Counsellors
Social Workers