About this event

We are delighted to invite you to a free online collaboration event on 22nd September 2021 which forms part of our launch of the Anna Freud Centre’s Northern Hub. This is an opportunity to come together with colleagues across sectors to consider the significant challenges we face nationally to close the gap in children and young people’s mental health support, and to hear about some of the great practice and innovation happening in North West England.


The event will feature presentations and commentary from experts - by lived experience, and in service and policy – spanning education, social care, youth services, clinical services and more. Speakers will include Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, Simone Spray Chief Executive at 42nd Street and a range of leaders of promising practice and cutting-edge initiatives from across the region. Organisations and initiatives sharing their work include Blackpool Better Start; YPAS; 42nd Street; Parents in Mind; the Greater Manchester Resilience Hub; Blackpool Sixth; Home-Start Oldham, Stockport and Tameside; Cumbria Public Health; Central Manchester Foundation Trust; Calm Connections; #BeeWell - and more.

Event content

We will be sharing reflections from a series of recent discussions and roundtables with colleagues in North West England, including key themes and emerging learning. There will be focussed sessions which attendees can choose which to join on the day including:

  • Innovative ways of working with children, young people and families who have experienced trauma
  • Closing the gap between research and practice
  • Multi-agency working: making sense of the gaps between services
  • Treatment development to address gaps in effective practice
  • Addressing the gap in the support for fathers
  • Joining up the pieces to create a whole school approach
  • Closing the gap in mental health outcomes for children in care

Cross-sector learning is the only way we can tackle the mental health challenges children and young people are facing: this event is an opportunity to join the conversation.

Please refer to the timetable for further information.

Who is this event suitable for?

Those with a passion for and interest in child mental health support, keen to engage with learning from North West England. 

Aims of the day
  • Join the conversation about closing the gap in child and youth mental health support
  • Learn about promising practice shared by colleagues in the North West of England
  • Link with colleagues from across different sectors
System requirements for online events

This event will be delivered by the online platform Hubilo. A laptop, PC/Desktop will be the most suitable device for this event. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this event. Details of how to join the event on Hubilo will be shared closer to the event.

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