1 day

About this course

Lessons from the Health Education England (HEE) sponsored project to develop an AMBIT approach specifically for Greater Manchester, starting in the residential care sector.

Who this conference is for?

Anyone working with young people who are in, or at risk of going into, the looked after system.  These young people may present a range of challenges including engagement with helping services, vulnerability to exploitation, behaviour (including offending), educational inclusion, and mental health concerns.

The following groups will find this one day conference particularly important:

  • Commissioners and managers of residential, or community, resources that serve this population
  • Practitioners in the residential sector seeking more evidence-based and sustainable approaches to this work
  • Practitioners and service managers from a wide range of other services (YOS, CAMHS, Education, Youth Services, etc) that serve the various needs of this vulnerable population.
  • Young people who have experience of looked after status, and who have an interest in supporting service improvement, are particularly welcomed

What the conference will cover:

  • A brief introduction to the theory and practice of Mentalization, and how AMBIT works to deploy this across whole systems of care
  • An account of the project, funded by Health Education England and conducted through a partnership between Manchester Children’s services and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families:
    • Developing a curriculum for AMBIT training that fits the needs of residential workers and their clients
    • Through iterative training events, to refine this curriculum, and create sustainable local training expertise in the Manchester area, so that dissemination can continue from this base, with supervisory/quality assurance support from the AFNCCF.
  • A chance to experience some elements of the AMBIT team training, and to meet practitioners who have been through the training in their own teams.
  • An opportunity to consider the potential value of AMBIT training in your team.


Dr Dickon Bevington – Medical Director of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, one of the lead authors of the AMBIT approach

Val Jenkinson – Residential manager based in Alonzi House, Manchester

Liz Cracknell – AMBIT Programme Lead and Mental Health nurse at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Others TBA