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Children and Young People's Mental Health: Right Care-Right Time

  • Thursday, 16 June 2022
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

As reputable producers of professional public sector conferences, Open Forum Events is pleased to introduce the Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Right Care-Right Time conference.

With an established portfolio of events focusing on mental health matters, this conference will continue to explore the factors affecting the wellbeing and mental health of the younger generation and how they can be best supported.

Mental Health problems are not uncommon amongst children and young people and can impact on all aspects of their lives including their educational attainment, physical health and relationships. It is estimated that I in 6 suffer with common problems, such as depression and anxiety, whilst self-harm is more prevalent than any other age group and suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds. These figures have been exacerbated by the pandemic, with two thirds of young people expressing that their mental health has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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.

Book your place at the CPD accredited Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Right Care-Right Time conference to gain a full briefing on the current situation and contribute in the deliberations to secure better care for young people for a better future.

Special Offer

In partnership with Embrace Resilience we are offering all delegates a package of free e-learning courses worth £60 when you register for this event.

These courses are used widely across mental health, health, and care sectors. and meet CQC requirements for training and development. In addition to the courses, delegates will have free access to download a toolkit including planners and journals to help with their own personal resilience.

We will send a list of courses from which you can select your free 5 course package after you register.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Simone Spray, Chief Executive, 42nd Street Charity (confirmed)

Keynote Address

  • Trish Bennett, Executive Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive , Mersey Care NHS Trust (confirmed)
"Addressing Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision"

The Health and Social Care Committee published a report in December 2021 on Children and Young People’s Mental Health. The report calls for urgent action to prevent mental health services slipping backwards as a result of additional demand created by the pandemic and the scale of unmet need prior to it.


Sharing Best Practice

"Mentoring in the Transition from Primary to Secondary School"

The Kids Network is an early intervention charity supporting children before and often during the transition from primary to secondary school. The presentation will explore how, through its unique mentoring model, The Kids Network offers children who may have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences, protective factors. Supporting 8-11 year olds at a crucial stage in their development, the intervention ensures children have access to positive childhood experiences throughout the year-long programme, while also building the tools to continue to thrive in the future.

  • Georgina Rush, Senior Mental Health Practitioner, Mental Health Support Team, ELCAS, ELHT (NHS) (confirmed)
  • Bryan Pierce, Clinical Team Lead , Mental Health Support Team, ELCAS, ELHT (NHS) (confirmed)
"The Development of a Transition Package for Year 6 Pupils in Blackburn with Darwen"

An overview of the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) in Blackburn with Darwen and a close look at the development of a transition package to allow year 6 pupils to access the right support, at the right time.


Headline Supporter

  • Helen Barnes, CYPMH Champion, Mayden (confirmed)
  • Nik Kavanagh, Therapist & Data Lead, Young Person's Advisory Service (confirmed)
"Learning from Liverpool CAMHS partnership with YPAS"

An overview of the work of the Young Person's Advisory Service , a Liverpool based charity that provides a range of support and therapeutic interventions to children, young people and families as part of the Liverpool CAMHS partnership. Presented with Mayden, creators of the iaptus CYP digital care record designed for CYP mental health services.


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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

  • Matt Buttery, Chief Executive Officer, Triple P UK (confirmed)
"Children's Mental Health: Parents as Part of the Solution"

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent category of mental disorders among children in the UK. Whilst child-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is regarded as the gold standard treatment, more than 40% of participants do not demonstrate significant improvement.

The role of parental factors in the maintenance of child anxiety highlights the importance of working with parents, and a parent-focused intervention can provide capacity for treatment to be briefer, reduce financial burden, and minimise stigma for the child, plus in extend reach to address parent factors related to child anxiety (e.g. parental modelling of anxious behaviours and cognitions).

This presentation will explore a new addition to Triple P’s internationally recognised system, Fear-Less Triple P, and cover it’s evidence and flexible delivery formats from group to parent self-directed online support.

Ranked by the United Nations as the world’s most extensively researched family skills training programme, Triple P is backed by more than 40 years of ongoing research. Triple P parenting programmes are used in 30 countries around the world. Triple P UK is a certified B Corporation®. Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

  • Dr David Ochando, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist , Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) Community Eating Disorders Service (confirmed)
"Tackling Eating Disorders"

The number of young people in England requiring hospitalisation, due to an eating disorder, has dramatically increased due to COVID-19. The number of under-20s admitted over the past year reached 3,200 - nearly 50% higher than in 2019-20.

  • Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, Founder & Director, National Centre for Behavioural Addictions, UK (National Problem Gambling Clinic & National Centre for Gaming Disorders) (confirmed)
"Gambling Disorder in Children & Young People: An Overview"

This presentation will provide an overview of the factors contributing to the rise in children and young people developing a problematic gambling disorder, delivered by Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE - Founder and Director of the UK's National Centre for Behavioural Addictions.


Case Study

"On The Level: Peer-led online mental health shows at scale"

The Health Service Journal’s Mental Health Innovation of the Year 2021, On The Level is a peer-led, highly interactive mental health TV show that’s reached over 40,000 young people so far via live broadcasts in to secondary schools and colleges. The show, from the team at Reprezent Radio, helps young people better understand their own mental health, learn strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing and it drives engagement to digital health services. Two of the show’s young presenters will give a live demo of the interactive show and Shane Carey, Founder and CEO will talk about On The Level’s aims, its reach and what the data tells us about its impact.


Question & 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.

" Coming Home: The positive impact of autism hubs on a sense of belonging and mental well-being."

Contradicting the stereotype that autistic individuals lack interest in social interaction, many autistic individuals wish to socialise and experience meaningful connections. Given the high rate of co-existing mental health conditions in the autistic population, the importance of community connectedness and sense of belonging should not be underestimated. Reflecting on the experience of establishing a community based autism hub for aged 16 plus, the speaker makes a case for similar provision for autistic children and young people. Inclusive spaces where autistic individuals feel valued and free to be their authentic self are imperative. Furthermore, such provisions can help to mitigate the negative effects experienced by marginalised groups.

  • Dr. Laura Coulthard, Designated Clinical Officer - Named SEND Contact for Health , NHS County Durham CCG (confirmed)
  • Freya McGlone, Student , Extreme (Investing in Children) (confirmed)
"The Language of Autism Project"

In 2021 the Extreme group and the CCG co-produced a survey that explored peoples preferred terms to describe autism. We also asked respondents to rate how much they liked and did not like commonly used terms. We would like to present the findings of this survey and what we did next.


Question & Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Maddie Burton, Senior Lecturer Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Registered Nurse Mental Health, University of Worcester (confirmed)
"Caring, Compassionate and Curious; when children and young people self-harm and attempt suicide………."

Suicide is the leading cause of death among 15–35-year-olds in both men and women and is a major public health concern; it occurs at a higher rate in this population than any other age group (Edwards, 2020). An estimated two hundred children a year lose their lives through completed suicide in the UK (Papyrus, 2018 and 2020). These figures are likely to be an under-estimation as coroners’ verdicts can be inconclusive unless there was clear evidence of the intention to take one’s life. With over half of completed suicides, individuals will have previously self-harmed. Self-harming, suicidal ideation and attempts are often minimised as ‘attention seeking’. This is unhelpful and needs to change, as does our language; moving from ‘what is wrong with you?’ to ‘what has happened to you’?

Edwards J. (2020) Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Suicide risk in the young, what, how and who to study. (accessed March 2022).

Papyrus (2018) Building suicide-safer schools and colleges: a guide for teachers and staff. (accessed March 2022).

Papyrus (2022) Prevention of Young Suicide, available from: (accessed March 2022).


Closing Keynote Address

  • Nicholas Kofi Adjei, Research Associate , University of Liverpool, Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems (confirmed)
"Impact of Poverty and Family Adversity on Adolescent Health"

Using the Millennium Cohort Study, a large nationally representative cohort sample of UK children, our research showed that over half of children experienced trajectories of exposure to poverty and/or family adversity, which were associated with worse child physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural outcomes. Over 40% of children experienced high risk of exposure to either poverty and/or parental mental health problems throughout childhood. One in ten children experienced persistent risk of poverty and poor parental mental health up to age 14 which was associated with over six times the odds of child mental health problems, and double the odds of obesity and cognitive disability.


Questions & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

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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

    • Posted on 08 November 2021
    • by Matt Buttery




Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

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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