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Positive minds: new perspectives in the mental health of children and young people (workshop three)

Workshop leader
Professor Barry Carpenter OBE CBE.

Seminar/Workshop details

The growing concern in society about the mental ill health of its children is reflected in reports from schools of increased incidents of, for example, depression, anxiety and self-harm. Indeed, the Department of Health has reported a two-fold increase in these issues in the last two years.

There is universal agreement that this situation is not conducive to the positive educational outcomes for the child, of their future as productive citizens in adulthood. In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts mental ill health will be the biggest burden of disease in developed countries by 2030.

A raft of school-based initiatives is springing up in response to the perceived epidemic that threatens the attainment and achievement of our young people. This presentation will report some of the more successful of these initiatives and the evidence base supporting them. 

Workshop outcomes
  • Gain a current overview of trends in the mental health of CYP
  • Review school-based initiatives around emotional well-being
  • Consider the implications for on-going evidence-based developments in schools. 
Target audience
All senior leaders in any specialist or mainstream setting.

Leader's biography
Barry Carpenter is professor of mental health in education at Oxford Brookes University. He is also an honorary professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a fellow of the University of Oxford.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of academic director, chief executive, principal, inspector of schools and director of the centre for special education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the secretary of state for education as director of the children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities research project. 

He is the author of more than 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. In  2015, he co-authored a book on children with complex needs, and his seminal text "Enabling access" has just been entered into the classic series by Routledge Publishers.

Barry lectures nationally and internationally. In recent years, this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation, he chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. For the NAHT, he is currently chairing a working group looking at the needs of girls with autism, which will be the focus of his next book.