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Tue 14th July
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH 2020: LONDON CONFERENCE

Our sixth national CPD accredited conference programme will explore emerging trends in children and young people’s mental health services, such as the interaction between online platforms for gaming/gambling and addiction; as well as existing issues with access to services, social media use and legislating to support CYPMHS and service users.

NHS England opened the first gambling clinic for young people last year in response to the number of children struggling with problematic gambling quadrupling. NHS leaders and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee have called for legislation that prohibits access to particular types of games and introduces fair spending limits. This conference programme will consider the impact of this ‘generational scandal’ on children and young people’s mental health, as well as exploring:

NHS Long Term Plan: Tackling harmful online behaviours like gambling and gaming addiction through new specialised clinics are part of the NHS Long Term Plan, as is widening access to services closer to home, investing in treatment of eating disorders and opening up services to 345,000 children and young people by 2023/24 through NHS-funded services – including in schools and colleges.

Online access: Review best practices for maintaining a healthy relationship between young people and the internet, considering a range of measures introduced to prevent internet use escalating harmfully, including the Information Commissioner Office's proposed code of conduct, duty of care legislation and incentives for big tech companies to meet regulation.

Barriers to communities accessing CYPMHS: Discuss the increasing volume of research into how young BAME communities and young people who identify as LGBT face specific barriers to accessing CYPMHS, such as experiences of dealing with institutions, perceptions of coercive power dynamics and anxieties surrounding identity and anonymity.

Service provision: The programme will look at CYPMHS that have dramatically improved the number of young people accessing services despite struggling with staff shortages and discuss whether the upturn is transferable.

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