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Collaborative approaches to the mental health of children: from issues to interventions - Mental health conference

Tuesday 30 January 2018 - Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

Please note this conference is full and a waiting list is in operation

Join our one-day conference, run jointly between NAHT and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, to explore how schools can identify mental health issues and easily signpost pupils to relevant support, either within the school or their local community, with clear practice implications – and how CAMHS clinicians can work with schools to improve child mental health.

The Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission was set up by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, YoungMinds and the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition to give a fresh perspective on children’s mental health. The Commission’s report, ‘What really matters in children and young people’s mental health’ puts the role of schools at the heart of improving mental health services for children and young people. The report, led by Baroness Claire Tyler of Enfield, calls for fundamental changes to be made to how child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are delivered. Significantly, the report recommends that schools should be able to teach children and young people about mental health in the same way they teach them about literacy or numeracy.

Who should attend?
School leaders in early years; primary; special and secondary schools and other educational settings, psychiatrists and other CAMHS professionals.

 Workshops include:

  • Attachment - Dr David Colley, Senior Lecturer, Dr Helen Minnis, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Emma Vyvyan, SEND leader
  • Anxiety in primary schools - Professor Cathy Creswell, Professor of Developmental Psychologist, and Paul Brown, Head Teacher
  • Anxiety in secondary schools - Dr Polly Waite, University of Reading, and Penny Broadbent, Assistant Head Teacher
  • Delivering a mental health and well-being curriculum - Harriet Gill, Managing Director of Education and well-being
  • Delivering resilience and well-being - Professor Angie Hart, Lianne Ward, Principal, and Jaime Smith, Programme Director of Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools
  • Evidence-based practice - Professor Tamsin Ford, University of Exeter and Professor Kathy Sylva, Place2Be
  • Self harm - Dr Tina Rae, Educational Psychologist, Dr Dennis Ougrin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Sian Deane, Head Teacher.
  • Values based systems - Dr Peter Hindley, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Tony Draper, NAHT Past President
Keynote speakers include:
  • Dr Bernadka Dubicka, Chair, Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron, Place2Be (Invited)
  • Professor Barry Carpenter OBE CBE, Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University
  • Baroness Claire Tyler
  • Dr Francesca Happé, Kings College London
  • Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition
  • Kim Johnson, Past President, NAHT
The full programme can be downloaded below:

The conference is taking place at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. For detailed directions and a map please click here.


Please note that accommodation is not booked via NAHT or the RCPsych, and that delegates are asked to make their own arrangements.


Booking for this conference is via the RCPsych website by registering on the RCPsych website which will give you a password so you can book and pay online. Once booked, you will receive an email confirmation and receipt with a link to the joining instructions. If you would prefer to pay by cheque/BACS, you can download the registration form and email to the address shown on the booking page.

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This new conference is being
jointly run by NAHT and
the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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Conference starts: 0900 for 0930

Conference ends: 1615

£175 per person - see booking details adjacent.