A range of speakers will discuss the vital role schools play in supporting children's mental health against a background of rising demand, growing complexity and tight budgets, Russell Hobby, General Secretary of the National Association of Headteachers,
commented recently that "We know the government is determined to improve children's mental health but there's still a danger that some children will take untreated mental health problems into adulthood.” The PFE will open up discussion on how we develop support
for young people across the District.
Sarah Exall (Public Health) will open the PFE by discussing the distribution and scale of mental health problems of children and young people in Bradford, and outlining the national guidance and local plans to improve their emotional wellbeing.
Philippa Grace, Specialist Senior Educational and Child Psychologist (Mental Health) will focus on self-harm as an area of increasing national concern. After outlining the causes, Philippa will share how schools can minimise the risk of self-harm occurring,
how best to respond when it does occur and the strategies her service deploys when young people are referred. Philippa will conclude by sharing future local developments based on the national Future in Mind initiative.
Rhian Beynon, Team Manager Adoption and Fostering along with Jamie Gutch, SENCO and Year Head, Ilkley Grammar School will talk about how the experience of trauma in infancy can create intense feelings of shame in children that impacts on their mental health
and their behaviour. Rhian will also explore how connection helps more than correction.
Most importantly we want to hear your views. Anyone with an interest is welcome so please publicise through your networks and bring friends and colleagues. We would particularly like parents, governors and young people to attend.
The Public Forum for Education holds “big conversations” throughout the year on topical issues in education. With an independent chair Michael Latham - former Bradford Headteacher, the Forum enables everyone with an interest to contribute their views.
Please confirm your attendance and names of others you invite, either by emailing Public.Forum.for.Education@bradford.gov.uk or telephoning Heidi Hardy on (01274) 434335.