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A one-day conference for Heads, SENCOs, Statutory Services and NHS professionals, aimed at tackling issues to enable 'Happier Children, Brighter Futures'

Photo Courtesy of Murray Edwards College

Friday 16th June 2017
9.30 am – 4.30pm
Buckingham House Lecture Theatre and Seminar Room
Murray Edwards College
Cambridge CB3 0DF

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Nearly four children in every class have a mental health problem which affects their education and life opportunities. Yet teachers are under increasing pressure and resources are scarce. How can schools respond and ensure that pupils get the help they need? This one-day, invitation-only conference supports understanding of the issues surrounding the current crisis. Through expert presentations and panel discussions, it explores the expectations placed on schools and – most importantly – shares strategies to help.

Who should attend?
Organised by Blue Smile, a local charity which supports the mental well-being and prospects of Cambridgeshire children aged 3-13 through arts-based therapies, the conference is specifically aimed at the county's primary and secondary school Head Teachers, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and governors, as well as public sector partners, commissioners and the NHS. It may also be of interest to relevant businesses, trusts, individuals and other sector providers such as CAMHS.


Alastair Campbell

Fiona Millar
Alastair Campbell and Fiona Millar: Mental health... What are we doing to our kids?
Alastair Campbell is a British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author, best known for his work as Downing Street Press Secretary, followed by Director of Communications and Strategy, for Prime Minister Tony Blair. Having suffered from mental health problems himself, he has been a prominent supporter and advocate for the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change, and has written twelve books, including three on mental health and mental illness.

His partner, Fiona Millar, is a British journalist and campaigner on education and parenting issues. She is a former adviser to Cherie Blair. She contributes to Education Guardian and the Local Schools Network website and has been a Governor in many schools.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen: Autism and Education: Lessons from latest research
Professor of Developmental Psychopathology and Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Simon Baron-Cohen is Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge and Patron of Blue Smile. He has a degree in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, and has held lectureships in these departments. Author of Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind, and Zero Degrees of Empathy, he has written books for parents and teachers including Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts, and Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread. He has celebrated autism in An Exact Mind. He is author of the DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help children with autism learn emotion recognition, both nominated for BAFTA awards.

Dr Carol Holliday: Therapy and Counselling: The latest research evidence
Carol Holliday is Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and a senior integrative arts psychotherapist, registered with UKCP, with over 20 years' experience of clinical practice. She works with people of all ages but her main interests in psychotherapy are working with children and young people, and the therapeutic role of adults in the lives of children. She also has a particular interest in working with images, play and the arts in therapy, education and research. The twin threads of relationship and the arts weave through all aspects of her work. She also works as a clinical supervisor. Blue Smile Clinical Directors: Blue Smile's therapy and its effects

Dr Dickon Bevington: Self-Injury: how do we make sense of it, is it getting worse, and what works?
Dr Dickon Bevington, MBBS, MRCPsych, is Medical Director at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Dr Bevington is also a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust's CAMHS.

Angela Leach, Head Teacher, Shirley Primary School: The impact of a holistic approach to emotional wellbeing


As well as keynote presentations, the conference will include a panel discussion.
All delegates will receive a Children’s Mental Health Information Pack.
Conference fee includes attendance, lunch and refreshments throughout the day
Early Bird (deadline extended to 17/5/2017): £70
Late booking: £80
Register and pay here

There is free parking on site and the venue is readily accesible by public transport. There is a guided bus stop opposite the venue and a park and ride stop a short walk away.

Map and directions

For more information please email bookings@bluesmile.org.uk

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