Children and Young People's Mental Health: From Early Intervention to Improved Services

  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019
  • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • 08:25 - 15:40
  • Overview

Reports of children and adolescents’ issues with mental health hit the headlines far too often. A total of 389, 727 under-19s have an active referral – the highest figure ever.

At our sixth event in a series of conferences on this issue, Children and Young People’s Mental Health: From Early Intervention to Improved Services, will address how services can be improved.

Topics covered will include:

  • NAO review of mental health services for children and young people
  • Early intervention
  • Social media
  • Better integration of services
  • Transitioning to adult services


  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Sponsors and Supporters

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Colin Cram, Chief Executive, Open Forum Events (confirmed)

Natalie Low, Audit Manager, National Audit Office (confirmed)

"NAO review of Mental health services for children and young people"

The NAO published its report on mental health services for children and young people on 8 October 2018. It  primarily considered NHS-funded services, but  also looked at services provided in other settings such as in schools and by local authorities where relevant. It concluded that government does not have a coherent and coordinated cross-sector response, it does not have the data to do this and the right levers are not in place to ensure that local actions deliver the national ambitions. This session examines the steps the government needs to take to remedy this.


Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Department of Health and Social Care (invited)

"10 Year Plan and response to the NAO report"

The government announced increases in NHS funding starting in 2019/20. A 10-year plan for the NHS is due to be developed. This will be absolutely crucial to the state of our healthcare system. NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, has said there should be a big focus on mental health services.


Miranda Wolpert, Professor in Evidence Based Practice and Research, UCL / Co-Founder and Director, Child Outcomes Research Consortium (invited)

"Early intervention"

Early intervention, or 'early help', is arguably the most important stage of a child or young person's mental health issues. Many aren't receiving help or treatment until their issues have become much worse. It's essential we put more emphasis and funding into early intervention.


Main Sponsor


Q&A Session

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions to speakers from the morning session.


Refreshment Break in the Networking Area


Case Study

  • Matt Buttery, Chief Executive Officer, Triple P UK (confirmed)

Panel Discussion

Kathryn Pugh MBE, Programme Lead for Children and Young People's Mental Health, NHS England (invited)

Speaker TBC, Dandelion Time (confirmed)

Emma Thomas, Chief Executive, Young Minds (invited)

Daniela D'urso, Team Leader, Children and Young People's Mental Health, Department of Education (invited)

"Improving integration between services"

It has long been argued that services dealing with children and young people's mental health problems are not adequately joined up. This includes organisations such as CAMHS, the education system, the NHS, charities and other third sector groups. This discussion will address solutions to this. 


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair's Afternoon Address


Nathan Randall, CAMHS Social Media, NHS England (invited)

"Effects of social media"

Children today have never known a world without the Internet. The effects of social media on mental health are still unclear but there is some evidence of social media having a negative effect on children and young people. This talk will address what is being done to solve this problem. This session will include questions form delegates.


Breakout Session


Room 1

Early Years

The first few years of a child's life is fundamental to their development. This session will look at children of primary school age being treated for mental health issues like trauma.


Anne Oakley, Attachment Lead, Your Place School (invited)


Room 2

Repeat Self Harm: Everybodies Business, Nobodies Business

This talk will address the new RCP report ‘Repeat Self Harm: Everybodies Business, Nobodies Business’, calling for a multi-system societal approach to this. It will also present the new crisis pathways in Manchester to address the issue.


Bernadka Dubicka, Chair of Child Faculty Board, Royal College of Psychiatrists (confirmed)


Room 3

Innovation Forum

This will involve 10-minute sessions focussed on new digital technologies


Will be announced very soon

Breakout Session


Room 1

Substance Misuse

Some people have issues with both substance misuse and mental health, with the two making each other worse. We must look to solve the problems these people face.


Will be announced very soon

Room 2

LGBT youth mental health

There are higher rates of depression and suicide amongst LGBT young people. More awareness is needed about the unique issues this group face and what can be done to improve the situation.


Speaker TBC, Mental Health Foundation (invited)


Room 3

Innovation Forum

This will involve 10-minute sessions focussed on new digital technologies


Will be announced very soon

Closing Keynote Address

Jacqueline Cornish, National Clinical Director Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood, NHS England (invited)

Every year 25,000 18-year-olds using CAMHS still require support, however they have no choice but to make the often-difficult transition to adult services. The HSIB has recommended a wider window so transition can take place gradually up to the age of 25. This talk will address what is being done to tackle the issue.


Q&A Session


Event Close

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Explore how to implement the government's Green Paper principles across Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • Gain insight into the priority recommendations of the government, health organisations and other relevant bodies.
  • Explore how to promote good mental well-being and resilience by supporting children and young people and their families to adopt and maintain behaviours that support good mental health.
  • Learn how to prevent mental health problems from arising by taking early action with children, young people and parents who may be at greater risk.
  • The conference will bring together professionals from the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services to engage and learn from each other.
  • Explore a whole-system approach focused on prevention of mental ill health, early intervention and integration of services.
  • Learn how to overcome the barriers that are preventing children and young people receiving the excellent mental health care they need.
  • Take advantage of excellent networking and interactive training opportunities.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.
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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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