Best Practice Exchange workshops go on the road!

Release Date: 15 February 2012

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

The BOND (Better Outcomes, New Delivery) Consortium, funded by the Department for Education, is running a series of workshops as part of a new project to build the capacity of Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations to deliver early intervention mental health support to children and young people, including building resilience and emotional wellbeing.

The BOND Consortium has been commissioned to research the range of services that are currently available for children and young people to cater for and improve their emotional wellbeing, with the view to finding examples of best practice to inform future service provision. There is a particular emphasis on services based in/or supporting schools, however all good practice areas around children and young people will be explored.

Barbara McIntosh, Head of Children and Young People’s Programmes at the Mental Health Foundation and Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, is part of the team who make up this Consortium. BOND is led by YoungMinds, who have assembled a specialist team of experts to be involved in the project and the partnership is being advised by the Afiya Trust. The additional BOND members include: Youth Access, Place2Be, FPN, and EBPU.

As part of the project, the Consortium is hosting a series of workshops aimed at local authorities, commissioners, education professionals, and voluntary and community organisations throughout March 2012 around England. The workshops will promote the most effective interventions for children and young people and will build on the positive impact of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme.

The key aims of the workshops will be to:

  • Update professionals on what is happening to emotional and mental health support services
  • Share examples of best practice
  • Identify practical, cost effective ways for developing and delivering future support
  • Facilitate learning and partnership working

Workshops will be held in:

  • Taunton on 19 March (PM)
  • London on 20 March (AM or PM)
  • Manchester on 21 March 2012 (AM or PM)
  • Leeds on 27 March 2012 (AM)
  • Birmingham on 28 March 2012 (AM)
  • London on 29 March 2012 (AM or PM)

The information gathered at these workshops will inform the outcomes of the project, which is aimed at the emotional health of all children and young people, whatever their circumstances.


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