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

  • Tuesday, 12 February 2019
  • Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London
  • 08:25 - 16:00
  • Overview

NHS Digital's Mental Health Services Data Set suggests 389,727 young people were referred to, or being treated by children and young people's mental health services in April 2018. According to the Department for Health and Social Care, one-in-nine children aged between 5 - 15 struggled with a mental health condition in 2017. NHS England treats only one-in-four under 18's with diagnosable mental health conditions. Service providers are overwhelmed by the increasing demand for CAMHS.  

Children and young people's mental health service providers are not equipped to provide the necessary support to such a high number of children; referring those who need to access services onto waiting lists, recommending private healthcare providers as alternatives and delaying treatment until the young person reaches adulthood.

Local authorities, the NHS and CAMHS providers recognise the importance of addressing the mental health crisis impacting children and young people. However, adequate funding, service co-ordination and parity of esteem between physical and mental health are dependant on central government policy makers. The Department for Health and Social Care has committed to an initiative that will see 25 mental health support teams based in close proximity to schools and colleges; teams will provide additional support to school counsellors, nurses and educational psychologists to ensure children and young people have access to the right services. However, central government's approach has been criticised for neglecting the importance of preventative measures in favour of reactive treatment.       

This conference will bring together service providers in the public, charity and third sector, representatives from local authorities, the NHS and central government; academics, clinicians and service users in order to build a collective vision of how CAMHS can:

  • Deliver services that effectively support children and young people with mental health disorders.
  • Emphasise the importance of prevention in mental health wellbeing.
  • Reduce waiting times.
  • Implement an 'interim' service for those who fall between the children services age-limit and adult services minimum age requirement.
  • Influence central government policy to reflect the needs of service providers. 
  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Colin Cram, Chief Executive, Open Forum Events (confirmed)
  • Jenny George, Director of Health Value for Money Audit, 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.


Synopsis coming soon...

  • Professor Sue Powell, Nuffield Health Professor of Health and Wellbeing, Manchester Metropolitan University (confirmed)

The suicide rate in the higher education student population is rising. In 2014, there were 97 deaths by suicide for male students and 33 female students in England and Wales. Our study aimed to explore the health behaviours of students so that tailored interventions could be designed to support positive health and wellbeing during programmes of study.


This presentation will outline self-reported student behaviours and discuss how these findings are being used, not only to inform the design of inventions, but also to support the design of a health and wellbeing surveillance system for use in higher education.


Case Study

  • Barnardo's, Senior Executive, Barnardo's (confirmed)

Barnardo’s is currently commissioned to deliver a number of CAMHS services in partnership with, and on behalf of Trusts, Health Boards and CCGs. Our services are aligned with the principles of the Thrive Model, ensuring children and young people experience responsive and timely support. Our CAMHS services deliver Getting Advice and Getting Help support which focus on early intervention, self-help & peer support, signposting to community resources, as well as goal-focused, evidence-based counselling and therapy where needed. We work closely with specialist CAMHS and other key partners to ensure ease of access across the whole system, whether stepping up or down.


Q&A Session

  • Jenny George, Director of Health Value for Money Audit, National Audit Office (confirmed)
  • David Babington, Chief Executive, Action Mental Health (confirmed)
  • Professor Sue Powell, Nuffield Health Professor of Health and Wellbeing, Manchester Metropolitan University (confirmed)

Refreshment Break in the Networking Area


Case Study

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

Panel Discussion

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

Richard Andrews, Chairman and CEO, Healios (confirmed)

Speaker TBA, Dandelion Time (confirmed)

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 integrated. 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


Case Study

At Drawing and Talking we train a wide range of professionals and individuals across the UK.


Catherine Beagley, MD, is the driving force behind the company’s vision; to help reach as many children and adults as possible who need emotional support.  Drawing and Talking is suitable for children, young people and adults who have been impacted and are suffering from the effects of trauma.


We provide a low cost, valuable tool which enables those who have undertaken the training programmes to support those children, teenagers and young people that can benefit, in a gentle but effective way before mental health problems become entrenched. 

  • Dr Bernadka Dubicka, Chair of Child and Adolescent Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) (confirmed)

This is an unprecedented time for children and young people’s mental health. This talk will describe some of areas of work at the RCPsych with regards to improving services for CYP.  Key concerns include the recruitment, retention and training of the workforce; ensuring funds reach the frontline; interventions that are evidence based, cost-effective and timely, as well as reaching CYP at all ages, including young adults and infants; and most importantly that children and young people’s voices are heard in how services are delivered to them.


Synopsis coming soon...


Case Study

  • Gary Siva, Chief Executive Officer, Zumos (confirmed)

Zumos is an expertly written, peer reviewed 24/7 online service which is kite-marked by CAMHS and measures, builds and maintains resilience through supportive motivational recordings, CBM based games and personality quizzes. We guide towards approved further help readings, helplines, videos and web-links avoiding misinformation from searching the internet!

Zumos empowers the school to utilise it’s resources in the areas most in need by offering real-time statistical feedback and reporting that can measure the change! We have rolled out our service across UK schools and are getting fantastic feedback from schools about how the service has really helped support their school.


Q&A Session


Closing Keynote Address


Event Close

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Explore how to implement the government's Green Paper principles across Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services.
  • Gain insight into the priority recommendations of central and local government, the NHS, public, voluntary and third sector service providers and other relevant bodies.
  • Learn about the importance of a whole-system approach focused on prevention/early-intervention and integration of services.
  • Examine the changing nature of pressures compounding mental health disorders amongst children and young people; social media, examinations, the transition from childhood to adolescence and home-life.   
  • Share best practices and lived experiences of how to overcome the barriers that are preventing children and young people receiving the quality of mental health care they need.
  • Explore potential strategies for implementing an 'interim' service to accommodate young people who fall between the children services age-limit and adult services minimum age requirement.
  • Consult with service users on the design, implementation and accessibility of existing and future services.  
  • Offer constructive critique of central government's cross-sector response to growing demands for CAMHS services - assisting national legislators and local authorities   
  • Network and knowledge share with service leaders, policy makers, academics and service users to construct a collective vision for the future CAMHS.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.
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Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London

Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London

In 2002 the building was placed on the Listed Buildings at Risk Register with the Mary Ward House trust having failed to secure lottery funding.

The building has been painstakingly renovated to ensure that this extremely important part of National Heritage continues to serve as a place of learning, knowledge dissemination and promotion of equality.

We are continually reinvesting in upgrading and renovating the building to ensure it continues to serve society through the advancement of education (by the establishment and maintenance of a Grade 1 Listed building/museum)

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who will attend

  • Academics
  • 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
  • Headteachers
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards and Managers
  • Housing Associations
  • Medical Directors / Officers
  • Mental Health Researchers
  • Nurses
  • Pastoral Care Teams
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • School Counsellors
  • Social Workers