3 hours


About this course

About this event

We are delighted to be bringing together local area leads, schools/colleges and mental health professionals that took part in the Mental Health Services and Schools Link workshops. This event will link up different areas that have worked on the programme to celebrate their learning and share best practice. It will be an opportunity for programme participants to network and share their successes and planning for the future.

A member of the project team from the Anna Freud Centre will share our experience of running the programme and some preliminary findings. Representatives from the DfE and Ecorys, the external evaluator, will also present. There will be an opportunity to hear from colleagues from different areas about how they implemented the programme in their locality, the impacts it has had and how they are planning to take things forward.

Who is the event for?

Local area leads, schools/colleges and mental health professionals who participated in the two one-day workshops as part of the Mental Health Services and Schools Link Programme, along with those interested in finding out more. For further information please email


9:00am-9.30am: Registration, refreshments and networking

9.30am-9.50am: Opening and address from a government department followed by Q&As

9.50am-10:00am: Overview of the Mental Health Services and Schools Link programme from Anna Freud

10:00am-11.30am: Learning carousel

Attendees to break into three groups and circulate among the following presentations. Time will be given at the end of each session for Q&As.

  • Sophie McElroy, Partnership Manager and CAMHS Alliance Project Manager at the Hackney Learning Trust. Local area lead for Hackney.
  • Zoe Barkham, Improvement Officer, Health and Wellbeing, Croydon Council. Local area lead for Croydon.
  • Becca Randell, Lead Children's Commissioner, West Sussex County Council and Vanessa Wood, Educational Psychologist and Schools Emotional Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager, West Sussex County Council (local area leads for West Sussex). They will be presenting with Martin Sacree, Vice Principal, Shoreham Secondary Academy

11.30am-11.45am: Preliminary findings from external evaluators, Ecorys

11.45am-12:00pm: Panel Q&A

Please note that the same event is also taking place in Gateshead, Manchester and Cambridge.