About the UK Trauma Council's in-person conference 

Environments for recovery: how schools and other educational settings can respond following critical incidents

Thursday 29 of June 2023

Much as we wish to protect children and young people from experiencing potentially traumatic events, there will be times when that is not possible. Inevitably some events will affect all, or a large part, of an educational community such as a school, college or early years setting. We refer to such events as Critical Incidents.

It can be overwhelming when an event affects not just an individual, but large groups of children and young people, as well as those around them such as their peers, families, and professionals. Many of those affected, including staff, may be distressed and have some difficulties initially. However, over time many will recover, and educational communities have tremendous potential to provide precisely the sort of environment that best supports recovery.

This event will describe evidence-based principles that can guide the response to a critical incident. The voices of children and young people who have experienced critical incidents will be highlighted as they provide their own ideas about what helped them recover.

This conference will take place in-person at Resource for London. Please click here for a map of the venue. 

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please click here to download the conference timetable. 



Morning session

  • Welcome – David Trickey, UKTC Co-Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist 
  • Introducing UKTC critical incident resources and key principles – Beck Ferrari, UKTC Clinical Content Lead and Traumatic Bereavement Specialist 
  • Reflections on Critical Incidents in Schools – Dr Michelle Sancho, Interim Head of Education, West Berkshire, BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist and HCPC Registered Psychologist  
  • Refreshment break  
  • What makes an event traumatic, how do children and young people react, and how can professionals respond – David Trickey 
  • Presentation by Ann John, Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University and Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales  
  • Q&A opportunities

Lunch break. Refreshments provided by UKTC

Afternoon session

  • Presentation by Grenfell Wellbeing Service 
  • Presentation by Bernadette Orchin and Jennifer Milne, Head of Care and Safeguarding at Broomhill Bank School
  • Q&A opportunities
  • Refreshment break 
  • Panel discussion chaired by David Trickey
  • Closing remarks – David Trickey
Aims of the conference

For attendees to:

  • Develop a better understanding of how traumatic events affect children and young people
  • Become familiar with evidence-based principles for creating the best environment for recovery
  • Become familiar with UKTC’s Critical Incident resources
Who is the conference suitable for?

Anyone working in an educational setting (e.g. nurseries, schools, colleges) who may be involved in the response to a critical incident and those supporting them.

Accessibility and registration

The venue will be fully accessible. We will provide details of all facilities and a venue contact telephone number once confirmed. 

If you require any accessibility support for the day please contact 

Online registration will close at 15:00 on Tuesday 27 June. Please do book your place before this date.

Certificate of attendance

A certificate of attendance will be sent to all attendees who attend the conference. 

29th June 2023
  • Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road London N7 6PA View Map
  • 6 Hours
  • 09:30-16:00 (UK Time)

Standard fee

Student fee


Download Timetable

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