- Jaime Smith, Director for the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Programme, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Dr Margot Sunderland, Director, Centre for Child Mental Health and Co-Director, Trauma Informed Schools UK
- Natasha Devon MBE, Campaigner and Author
- Zulfi Jiva, Head of Cross Cutting Programmes Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
- Dr Julie Greer, Headteacher, Cherbourg Primary School
- David Perridge, Strategic Head of Staff Development and Outreach, West Heath School
- Carl Smith, Headteacher, Bridge House Independent School
- Gemma Andrews, Headteacher, Castle Hill Infants and Junior School
According to the Centre for Mental Health, schools are the biggest single influence on a child’s mental health after their family for children aged between 5-10 years. During secondary school, one child in eight will have one or more mental health conditions at any time.
The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic
has brought unprecedented and unexpected challenges to children’s mental health and wellbeing. With pupils out of mainstream education as a result of COVID-19 many children have lost access to crucial support services, are isolated from friends and trusted adults.
Westminster Insight’s Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Conference
will examine how schools can support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and how to adopt and embed a whole school approach to tackle it.
Featuring an update on the current proposals to tackle the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in schools
, the Department for Education will provide an overview of where we have got to, what are the plans for progression and what will it look like when it's being delivered.
This event will also feature trailblazer Zulfi Jiva, Head of Cross Cutting Programmes at Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, who will present the findings from the The Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges Project.