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From Early Years into Young Adulthood: The Role of Councils and their Partners in Improving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


Our Charity Partner:

WAVE Trust

WAVE Trust is a charity set up by business strategists to tackle the root causes of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as child abuse and witnessing domestic violence. Over more than two decades, we have researched international best practice in both preventing these and tackling their outcomes when not prevented. We are a member of the World Health Organisation’s Violence Prevention Alliance and have advised the UK Cabinet Office, Home Office and Departments of Education and Health, as well as the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Governments and the Metropolitan Police. We coordinate the 70/30 Campaign to reduce child maltreatment by 70% by the year 2030 and serve as Secretariat to cross-party groups of politicians in the UK and Scottish parliaments that are focused on the prevention of ACEs.


According to the Local Government Association (LGA) at least one in eight children and young people are affected by mental health problems, with unreported figures likely to be higher. Figures also reveal approximately 19,000 young people were admitted to hospital in 2015 and are increasingly tackling problems like anxiety, depression and self-harm.

The Government in September 2O14, established the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce, working with experts to set a clear direction for local leadership. It has also pledged an extra £1.7 billion by 2O2O in funding for children and young people’s mental health and introduced waiting time targets for young people with eating disorders.

Furthermore, guidance published by the LGA in 2018 highlighted areas across the country which have improved their mental health services through better leadership and accountability, and by focusing on a young person centred approach. The same publication made clear that ‘councils have always had a role in driving change and improving outcomes for local people: and securing better mental health and wellbeing for our children is no different.’

This timely Cephas Public Policy Communications symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for key staff who work at all levels across children and young people’s mental health services, to assess the role and contribution councils and their partners can make to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing systems for children and young people.

Order of the Day

09:30 Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:15 Chairs Introduction

10:30 Morning Presentations

Understanding what the current challenges are:

  • How can we ensure the £1.7 billion set aside by Government reaches children and young people’s mental health services, is not spent elsewhere and why this is important
  • Consider the benefits of improving prevention and early intervention, how this can be achieved and the likely impact on children and young people turned away from NHS services
  • Should mental health be given equal value to physical health and will developing access and waiting time standards for mental health help to achieve this?
  • Consider the key findings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on mental health services for children and young people

11:30 Morning Coffee Break

11:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:30 Afternoon Presentations

Review how services are being transformed at the local level

  • Local accountability – understanding how the Theory of Change model is improving services
  • Providing challenge  - achieving transformational change in early intervention and prevention practice
  • Increasing public engagement and confidence - engaging young people in conversations about mental health in their local area
  • Discuss latest research to better understand the mental health of young people: relationships with parents and social media

14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break

14:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

15:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

16:30 Close

Who Should Attend?

Please note the below list is not exclusive, therefore do not be discouraged from attending this event if your organisation or job title is not listed below. If you work in CAMHS and would like to share your experience and ideas, then please register using our online booking system.

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Colleges
  • Family Nurse Partnerships
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) and Local Partners
  • Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS)
  • Local Authorities
  • Local, Regional and National Health Services
  • NHS England
  • NHS England Specialised Commissioning and other key agencies
  • NHS Mental Health Services including local NHS services
  • Schools
  • Wider Children’s Workforce
  • Advocates
  • Arts Therapists
  • CAMHS Practitioners
  • Carers
  • Children’s Centre Staff
  • Children in Care Teams
  • Child Protection Officers
  • Child Safety Online Teams
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Counselling Services
  • Commissioning Managers
  • Community and Specialist Mental Health Services
  • Consultants
  • Designated Leads in CAMHS and schools
  • Directors of Children’s Services
  • Early Years Champions
  • Early Years Practitioners
  • Educationalists
  • Family Nurses
  • Family Nurse Partnership Staff
  • Families Services Officers
  • Family Therapists
  • GPs
  • Health Promotion Advisers
  • Health Visitors
  • Lead Contacts
  • Mental Health Act commissioners (MHAC)
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Mental Health Services for Children and Young People
  • Mental Health Specialists
  • Mentors
  • Midwives
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Outreach Workers
  • Paediatricians
  • Pastoral Care Services
  • Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS)
  • Perinatal Mental Health Community Teams
  • Primary Mental Health Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Relevant Local Agencies
  • Researchers
  • Self-help and Support Groups
  • Social Care Professionals
  • Social Care Teams
  • Social Workers
  • School Counsellors
  • School Nurses
  • School Nursing Services
  • Sexual Health Strategy Co-ordinators
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCO)
  • Specialist Services for Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Specialist Mental Health services
  • Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists
  • Suicide Support Services
  • Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
  • Supervisors
  • Teachers
  • Teenage Pregnancy Co-ordinators
  • Therapists
  • Third Sector Representatives
  • Voluntary and Community Sector
  • Voluntary Sector Youth Services
  • Youth Centre Staff
  • Youth Justice Sector
  • Youth Offending Workers

Event Properties

Event Date 23-05-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 23-05-2019 4:30 pm
Broadway House, Westminster
Broadway House
Broadway House, Westminster

Pricing Guide

Private Sector, Central Government Departments and Executive Agencies, NDPBs Local Authority, Public Education Bodies, Police, Fire Services and NHS Bodies, National Charity, Regional Charity Local Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Community Organisations


1 Place £375

2+ Places £325 each


1 Place £285

2+ Places £255 each


1 Place £185

2+ Places £165 each

Background Context

“Children and young people with mental health conditions are being failed by the NHS. Provision is far below required levels and many people who do get help face long waits for treatment.

“This can be devastating for people’s life chances; their physical health, education and work prospects… effective action on prevention and early intervention can help young people more quickly, as well as relieve pressures on health services…”

Public Accounts Committee Chair, Meg Hillier MP, 11th January 2019

Speakers include:

Anne Marie Morris MP, Member of Parliament for Newton Abbot, Member of the Public Accounts Committee and Chair of the APPGs on Rural Health & Social Care and Access to Medicines & Medical Devices

Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Providers

Lynn Perry MBE, Director for Children's Services, Barnardo's

Bella Starling, Director of Public Programmes and Wellcome Engagement Fellow, NHS Foundation Trust (Manchester University)  

James Cliffe MBE, Group Manager, No Wrong Door, North Yorkshire County Council 

Lorraine Briffitt, Managing Director of Libera Voce Consulting and part of the Holybrook Associates Team, has 19 years of strategic and frontline experience around complex needs and mental health challenges.

Dr Craig Duncan, Senior Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth, Member of research team working on MQ-funded project looking at influences on children's mental health

Kadra Abdinasir, Head of Children and People's Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health, Kadra is also the Strategic Lead for the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition

Charlotte Rainer, Policy Officer for Mental Health and Well-Being, The Children's Society



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