Westminster Education Forum on Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing (London, UK: October 2016)

Event title: Children’s mental health and wellbeing – integrating services, improving provision and the role of schools

Date: Tuesday, 11th October 2016

Place: Central London

This event is CPD certified

***Guest of Honour: Natasha Devon, Mental Health Champion, Department for Education***

To more info and to book a place – click here.

With Government’s plans to spend £1.25 billion on improving children’s mental health services over the next 5 years, this conference will bring together key stakeholders and policymakers to discuss priorities for children’s mental health – including measures to improve provision, commissioning and delivery. It follows concerns of an emerging ‘time bomb’ of serious mental health conditions in England, with evidence that 75% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 18. The conference takes place in the context of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce’s first major report, Future in Mind, which outlines how the NHS, schools, voluntary services and local authorities can better integrate mental health provision. It is also timed to come one year on from Natasha Devon’s appointment as the Department for Education’s first ever mental health champion, providing delegates with an opportunity to assess the progress that has been made in improving mental health provision for schoolchildren. Attendees will discuss steps to improve teachers’ awareness of mental health issues in school, including the role of the curriculum. They will also assess latest thinking in this area, such as a new blueprint for schools on counselling services, the implementation of renewed guidance and mental health lesson plans and the piloting of Heads of Wellbeing, who will be responsible for staff training, educating parents and promoting wellbeing in schools. The role of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in improving children’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing will also be considered. At this early stage, we are delighted that Natasha Devon, Mental Health Champion, Department for Education has agreed to be a Guest of Honour at this seminar.

The following have agreed to give keynote speeches:

  • Chris Caldwell, Dean of Healthcare Professions, North Central and East London Office, Health Education England;
  • Dr Davina Deniszczyc, Medical Executive Director, Nuffield Health;
  • Dr Neil Ralph, Programme Manager for Mental Health and Learning Disability, Health Education England;
  • Professor Stephen Scott, Chair, Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Professor of Child Health and Behaviour, King’s College London

The following have agreed to speak:

  • Dr Peter Hindley, Chair, Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists;
  • Hannah Kinsey, Training and Consultancy Manager, YoungMinds;
  • Catherine Roche, Chief Executive, Place2Be;
  • Enver Solomon, Director of Evidence and Impact, National Children’s Bureau (NCB);
  • Dr Bernard Trafford, Headmaster, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • A representative from Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), West London Mental Health Trust and North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups
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Disability Studies Student Society Symposium (Liverpool Hope University, UK: June, 2016)

The Disability Studies Student Society Symposium at Liverpool Hope University hopes to bring together students across the North-West (and beyond) to share, discuss and advise on research methodologies in disability studies.

We invite submissions of abstracts of up to 300 words for paper presentations that detail methodological approaches to research projects, both those that have been completed and those that are currently underway. We are not expecting polished papers, rather we want to create a safe and open space to share ideas, concerns and questions.

The symposium is open to students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. We are interested in hearing about a range of innovative and creative methodologies within the growing field of disability studies.

The student symposium will be held at Liverpool Hope University on Wednesday 22nd June 2016. A full schedule for the symposium will be updated and available shortly as will be details for registration.

Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted for consideration by 22nd April 2016 to 12000935@hope.ac.uk. Presenters will be informed via email by 22nd May 2016.

For more information regarding submission, or general information concerning the symposium please contact: Leah Burch – Email: 12000935@hope.ac.uk