School of Health & Social Care

Mental Health Masterclass for Teachers and Foster Carers

Event details

  • 10 April 2018
  • 10.00AM - 1.00PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: Yes
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About | Mental Health Masterclass for Teachers and Foster Carers



This masterclass raises awareness of the mental health issues experienced by children and young people and offers some early interventions to support the child.

In December 2017, the government announced that children and young people in England will be able to access mental health support at school or college under plans to improve services. Currently, we know that 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year, 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. We also know that 10% of children and young people (aged 5 - 16) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of them have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.


The traditional approach has been to refer children to CAMHS for specialist support, however under new government proposals, every primary and secondary school in England is to be offered mental health awareness training.

You learn how to define mental health, mental illness and disorders and describe symptoms of the different types of mental illness. You also outline how mental ill health may be indicated through a child’s emotions, thinking and behaviour. By the end of the masterclass you are able to identify the impact of mental illness on the child or young person and outline low level intervention and other treatment options.


This masterclass introduces you to common presenting mental health problems and illnesses in children and young people. These include but are not be limited to:
> anxiety
> depression
> self-harm
> eating disorders
> resilience
> exam stress

This masterclass is suitable for anyone working with or providing support to children and young people including teachers, foster carers and local authority teams.


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