About this event

This digital event will bring together learning about cross-system approaches to supporting young people’s wellbeing with real-world examples of embedding these approaches within local areas from our HeadStart partnerships.

In recent years we have seen children and young people’s mental health needs increase and their wellbeing decline. The pandemic has further embedded these challenges and highlighted the need for whole-system approaches to prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Recent policy developments give emphasis to the need for integrated approaches and cross-sector working to most effectively meet needs. The HeadStart partnerships have had a unique opportunity over the past five years to develop and test these kinds of approaches. In this session, we will share the research evidence and practice-based learning emerging from the HeadStart programme.

Speakers include Dr Emily Stapley and Dr Mia Eisenstadt from the Anna Freud Centre and colleagues from HeadStart Hull, HeadStart Cornwall and HeadStart Newham. Our keynote speaker is Michael Ungar, Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University.

All attendees are invited to take part in further engagement and learning with The National Lottery Community Fund and the HeadStart partnerships in the 6-8 months following this session. This includes a follow-up discussion session on 17th November 2021 and the potential for one-to-one engagement with key staff members at the HeadStart partnerships. If you would like to opt-in we will share your name and email address with The National Lottery Community Fund so that you can be sent an invite the follow-up discussion on 17th November and kept informed about additional opportunities to engage with the learning from HeadStart. (You will be given the opportunity to opt-in to this on the last page of registration. View The National Lottery Community Fund’s privacy notice.)

About HeadStart

Started in 2016, HeadStart is a six-year, £67.4 million National Lottery funded programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. HeadStart aims to explore and test new ways to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 10 to 16 and prevent serious mental health issues from developing. To do this, six local authority-led HeadStart partnerships are working with local children, schools, families, charities, community and public services to design and try out new interventions that will make a difference to children’s mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

Our learning from HeadStart will be presented in practical steps. Attendees are encouraged to consider those elements of the learning most relevant to their role, organisation or local context and, in turn, use it to influence local systems and inform their own practice.

The full programme will be published shortly.

Who is this online event suitable for?

The event is suitable for commissioners, policy makers, local authority staff, mental health practitioners and service managers, CAMHS transformation boards, mental health support team managers, school leaders and wellbeing leads, researchers.

Aims of the event
  • Hear key insights about supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing from the delivery and evaluation of HeadStart.
  • Take away some practical steps to inform thinking and practice.
  • Join in the ongoing engagement with HeadStart and the learning emerging from the HeadStart programme.
System requirements for online event

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this event. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

9th November 2021
  • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 2 hours
  • 09:30 - 11:30 (UK Time)



To hear about any new dates scheduled for this training, please subscribe to our mailing list


Training for Senior Mental Health Leads starts this month.

Sign up with the Anna Freud Centre, the UK’s leading mentally healthy schools charity.

DfE grant funding is available to cover the cost of our Senior Mental Health Lead training.

Find out more

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We’d also like to set optional analytics to help us improve it. We won’t set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We’d like to set non-essential cookies, such as Google Analytics, to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our Cookies page. If you are 16 or under, please ask a parent or carer for consent before accepting.