Why is this conference relevant?
'There are 27,000 children aged between 10 and 17 in England who identify as being part of a gang, according to a report by the Children's Commissioner' - BBC News, February 2019
'Adolescents are more likely to feel depressed and self-harm, and are less likely to get a full night's sleep' - BBC News, February 2019
'Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds' - World Health Organisation, 2018
The impact of not addressing mental health issues in adolescence carries on into adulthood, affecting both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities for those affected to lead fulfilling lives as adults.
The mental of health of adolescents is worsened by a virtual pressure to ‘fit-in’, with teens spending more time than ever on the internet. In doing so they are more exposed to harmful content, increasing anxiety as well as an increased risk of being groomed and exploited.
But what can schools and FE colleges do to support affected students and how can they create an environment to protect and support vulnerable teenagers?
This one-day event will provide you with the methods and strategies you need to manage and support your vulnerable students. In addition to a variety of networking opportunities, you will also get to attend a variety of keynotes and workshops on current challenges such as mental health as well as emerging threats including county lines. The aim of the event is to ensure every path is covered when safeguarding your most vulnerable students.
What can I expect?
In-depth keynotes with leading experts and a choice of workshops including:
- mental health: effective and innovative ways to support teenagers with mental health problems
- social media: improve your understanding of social media trends and be one step ahead of your students
- county lines: learn the signs that a student may be caught up in county line activity, and keep your school safe
- risky behaviour: understand the psychology behind engaging in risky behaviours and how it can be prevented.
Who should attend?
- Deputy Headteachers
- Pastoral Managers
- School Counsellors
- Sport Coaches