The NHS Long Term Plan has multiple priorities for expanding Children and Young People (CYP) Mental Health Services. It details plans to improve service accessibility and deliver specialist care that meets the individual needs of young people. In 2023/24, Integrated Care Boards planned to spend £1.1 billion on CYP mental health services. In light of this strategy and funding, local organisations must form robust partnerships so that practitioners can support children and young people in crisis effectively. Through sharing and engaging with best practice across the public and voluntary sectors, practitioners can work to support children and young people struggling with their mental health, and their families.

  • In 2023, 20% of children aged 8 to 16 had a probable mental disorder
  • 445,000 people were in contact with children and young people’s mental health services in November 2023, up from 362,000 in November 2021
  • Among young people aged 17 to 19, the rate of probable mental disorder increased from 10% in 2017 to 23% in 2023

(Children and young people’s mental health: policy and services (England) Research Briefing, House of Commons Library, January 2024)

Join us at The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services Conference 2024 to hear the latest policies and initiatives from experts across the public and voluntary sectors in CYP mental health. You will hear best practice case studies covering a range of key topics, including suicide prevention, forming local partnerships, and transitioning to adult services. You will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues from a range of sectors to share common challenges in working in partnership to provide CYP mental health services.

Why Attend:
✓ Hear the latest national updates on policy and funding for supporting CYP mental health
✓ Gain insights into innovative approaches to improving mental health service accessibility for children and young people
✓ Best practice strategies for providing effective wrap-around support to children and young people struggling with their mental health
✓ Learn about the latest trends in CYP mental health to stay informed on emerging issues and solutions
✓ Hear exemplary case studies from a range of public and third sector organisations
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the public sector
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)

For more information please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Professor Emily Simonoff, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, KCL (invited)

  • Keynote: Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Sharing the Latest Guidance and Updates

    • Outlining current trends and statistics affecting children and young people’s mental health across the UK
    • Prioritising prevention: advice on addressing the key factors that underpin poor mental health amongst CYP
    • Detailing recent funding provisions for local practitioners to provide increased specialist support for children and young people
    • Insights into supporting the workforce and providing mental health training for frontline staff

    Senior Representative, Department of Health and Social Care (invited)

  • Keynote: The Multi-Agency Approach: Working with Local Stakeholders to Support Children and Young People’s Mental Health

    • Developing communication strategies and effective pathways between local stakeholders to prevent escalation for young people with mental health concerns
    • Forming robust partnerships across the voluntary and public sectors to intervene early and provide wraparound care
    • Ensuring the accessibility of mental health services for young people: expanding digital services and targeting underserved communities
    • Tips for safely sharing data and enabling knowledge-sharing to create long-term approaches to tackling mental health challenges

    Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England (invited)

  • Question and Answers 

  • Comfort Break

  • Lived Experience: Understanding and Addressing the Challenges that Children and Young People Struggling with Mental Health Face

    • Insights into providing person-centred policies and initiatives to support children and young people
    • Guidance on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children during transitional periods
    • Identifying effective support measures for children moving into adult services and sharing areas for improvement

    Lived Experience Speaker (invited)

  • Case Study: Working with Schools to Ensure a Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Support

    • Designing courses to develop emotional resilience and stress relief for children and young people
    • Distributing resources across schools and social care to facilitate shared learning and mutual support for CYP programmes
    • Implementing wellbeing networks to create safe environments for students to share concerns and seek support
    • Engaging with parents to equip them with tools to support mental wellbeing at home and safeguard their own wellbeing

    Rachel Bundock, Chief Executive, Compass (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Transforming Mental Health Services to Support CYP with Multiple Disadvantages

    • Tackling local mental health inequalities through implementing early support measures within local communities
    • Adopting a trauma-informed approach when delivering mental health services for all children and young people
    • Delivering effective crisis support: supporting CYP with complex needs and preventing further harm
    • Advice for training staff and volunteers to offer sensitive counselling and coaching for disadvantaged young people
    • Outreach initiatives to engage with hardly reached communities to ensure no one falls through the gaps

    Senior Representative, 42nd Street (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: Transforming Mental Health Services: Implementing Early Interventions for Children and Young People

    • Developing awareness-raising campaigns and training frontline professionals to understand the mental health concerns of children and young people
    • Tackling the stigma associated with poor mental health to engage high-risk young people with support services
    • Adopting a population-based approach to mental health care: improving the mental health and wellbeing of local communities
    • Coproducing suicide prevention programmes with children and their families to create comprehensive strategies
    • Tackling health inequalities: ensuring mental health services are accessible for all children and young people

    Kadra Abdinasir, Associate Director of Policy, Centre for Mental Health (invited)

  • Case Study: Developing and Implementing a Robust Suicide Prevention Strategy to Prevent Suicide Amongst Children and Young People

    • Forming robust partnerships across the voluntary and public sectors to intervene early in cases with high suicide risks
    • Tips for safely sharing data and enabling knowledge-sharing to create long-term approaches that meet the needs of young people
    • Working in partnership with local services to develop a follow-up service after suicide attempts to ensure a continuous support plan
    • Developing awareness-raising campaigns to train frontline professionals to understand suicidal behaviours and risks

    Nyarai Majuru, Team Lead (CAMHS Plus), Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Breakout Networking: Enhancing Partnership Working in CYP Mental Health Services

    Engage in conversations with experts in CYP mental health as you discuss the main challenges you face in working in partnership with external organisations. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage cross sector collaboration to find solutions.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Bridging the Gap: Ensuring a Smooth Transition from Child to Adult Mental Health Services

    • Offering mentoring schemes to support at risk young people who are experiencing difficulties with the transition to adulthood
    • Implementing proactive and preventative programmes to ensure direct intervention is available for young people transitioning into adulthood
    • Working with voluntary organisations and building relationships across mental health service providers to provide wraparound care to young people
    • Supporting at risk young adults to manage their mental health and wellbeing as they move into adulthood

    Bethany Francis, CYP Community Manager, Response (invited)

  • Case Study: Creating Effective Discharge Pathways and Implementing Effective Patient De-Escalation Methods

    • Identifying cases in CYP mental health patients when additional support is required for discharge
    • Recommendations for reviewing system processes to improve the early intervention offers for CYP with learning disabilities or neurodiversity
    • Innovative strategies to boost rates of outpatient discharge to encourage young people to re-settle in their home environment
    • Developing long-term pathways with families and patients to monitor and meet the needs of the whole family’s wellbeing

    Lisa Arthey, SBC Local Authority Director of Childrens Services, Swindon Safeguarding Partnership (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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