may, 2019

21may8:30 am3:15 pmChildren and Young People's Mental Health in Scotland: Delivering joined-up prevention, intervention and whole community support


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This conference discusses the Scottish Government’s strategy to transform the provision of child and adolescent mental health services in Scotland. The specific new financial commitments to service expansion and the work of its joint Task Force on Children and Young People’s Mental Health – which produced interim recommendations in September 2018 – set the scene for major service and policy developments.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister, Scottish Government said “We will invest £60 million in additional school nursing and counselling services, which will support 350 counsellors and 250 additional school nurses, and ensure that every secondary school has a counselling service. We will enhance support and professional learning materials for teachers and ensure that, by the end of the academic year 2019-20, every local authority has access to mental health first-aid training for teachers.” Programme for Government debate, Scottish Parliament, 4th September 2018.

The Preliminary View and Recommendations of the Task Force were published in September this year. It concluded that new focus is needed on prevention and early intervention, better joined-up and seamless general support. It also called for more immediately available specialist services and the promotion of a whole community approach to understanding where mental health and well-being problems are best supported.

The Task Force Chair, Dr Dame Denise Coia, identified four strands for working to transform the approach to children and young people’s mental health: Generic, Neurodevelopmental, Specialist and At Risk and also specifically stated “A key aspect of this development will be the principle of ‘no wrong door’. I want to see an end to signposting that is not effective”.

The current context is one of new funding, the Task Force’s early work and the rising demand for better children and adolescent mental health and well-being services. This conference discusses the core challenges faced by everyone involved in the delivery of those services.

The conference will consider the financial, policy and service delivery opportunity ahead. It will discuss the available best practice and look at how all those with a responsibility for improving services across agencies must come together to deliver a holistic, needs-based model to transform child and adolescent mental health in Scotland.

Benefits of Attending

  • Find out what the Scottish Government wants to achieve in child mental health
  • Discuss the scale and nature of our child mental health challenge
  • Understand where service currently stands in education, health and beyond – and what needs to change
  • Learn what children think about mental health support
  • Engage in how we can best deliver service transformation in prevention and intervention
  • Look beyond the current services to what a joined-up whole community approach should be
  • Hear what current experience on best practice tells us works best
  • Explore the Task Force’s preliminary view and the ‘Four Strands’ of next working

Who Should Attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning, delivery or improvement of Child Mental Health Services in Scotland and anyone working with children and young people in Scotland. This includes health, education, social care, academic and Third sectors. The conference is intended for all those working in children’s health services, child protection and welfare, teachers and fellow professionals and staff in schools at Nursery, Primary and Secondary level, social care professionals delivering child services and dealing with the range of associated issues including family and relationship breakdown, poverty, nutrition, bullying, substance misuse, abuse and bereavement, Third Sector organisations providing child and family mental health and other support services and policy makers and service leaders in national and local government and related services and bodies.

Booking Information 


(Tuesday) 8:30 am - 3:15 pm


Royal Scots Club

29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE