1.5 hours

About this course

This seminar will take place online, and details of how to join will be shared with registrants close to the event.

Please be aware the registration will close at 16:30 for the seminar. Joining instructions will be sent by 17:00, and the seminar will start at 17:30 (GMT+1h).

The presentation slides will be shared after the event.

We’ve heard a lot about kindness this week, and rightly so.  But it’s easy to be kind when you aren’t challenged, but how do you extend kindness to young people with multiple problems?

Many of these young people have had little exposure to kindness. They have little sense of trust and without that trust it becomes difficult to engage. This is a loss to us all.

This seminar is the final of three, and is introduced by Professor Peter Fonagy. In it Dickon Bevington, Medical Director at the Anna Freud Centre will draw in his work with young people to multiple problems and the concept of ‘mentalizing’, to think about what is the science of kindness?


The seminar draws together some of the issues raised in earlier seminars and asks some fundamental questions. If we want to become a kinder society, how can we work as a society and as professionals to reach out to young people with complex needs and change our mindset as well as supporting them to tackle the problems that they face?

The seminar will draw on mentalization theory and practice, the importance of professional team dynamic and call for a shared understanding of each other as a way forward to creating a more holistic, supportive and kinder society.


  • Chair: Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive at the Anna Freud Centre

  • Speaker: Dr Dickon Bevington, Medical Director, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Anna Freud Centre


17:30 - 17:40     Introduction - Peter Fonagy 

17:40 - 18:30     Presentation - Dickon Bevington

18:30 - 18:55     Q&A from audience

18:55 - 19:00     Closing remarks - Peter Fonagy