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Mental Health Webinars by Pooky Knightsmith

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, December 06, 2016 -

You can now register for all future webinars in one go on Pooky's website:

You can choose to have the details added to your diary and you’ll get a reminder each week.  You’ll also receive an email linking to the recording and slides as they go live.

Here is a taste of what is to come:


7th - Handling mental health disclosures from children and young people safely and sensitively

13th - Preparing vulnerable pupils for school holidays

20th - Supporting friends and siblings of young people with mental health issues

27th - Practical strategies for promoting self-esteem


10th - Practical strategies for helping children manage overwhelming feelings

18th - Talking to young people with thoughts of suicide

24th - Supporting the mental health needs of young people with ASD

30th - Promoting hope and aspiration in vulnerable children and young people


7th - Understanding and supporting the needs of gender questioning pupils

14th - Promoting young people's wellbeing in an online world

20th - Why don't they ask for help? Overcoming help-seeking barriers

The sessions will run at 6pm.  Further session titles to follow. The schedule may be updated to reflect requested topics from the community or Pooky's availability to teach.

Each session will be followed by a live Facebook Q&A session on the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Facebook page.


A reminder that these sessions are completely free to you and funded by Health Education England.  

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Breaking Through - Moving On From CSE

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, November 27, 2016 -

A new set of resources developed in partnership with Dr Kate Brown, a leading academic at University of York (also Chair of Basis Yorkshire). Breaking Through features the voices and experiences of those who have experienced CSE and then moved on in some way, with words of wisdom for other young people and professionals.

The project has generated new insights into experiences of CSE, addressing the issue that the voices of young people often get lost or overlooked in debates about how it should be addressed (Berelowitz et al, 2013). As well as showing the different ways abuse happens, the vivid accounts provide unique insights into how experiences of CSE are shaped by wider factors such as welfare systems, criminal justice responses, education, access to money, relationships with parents, and interventions from services and professionals.

The stories highlight how CSE happens to young people from a wide range of backgrounds, boys and girls, but also how some young people are especially vulnerable. Experiences in care, run-ins with the police, trouble at school and drug or alcohol use all feature here, mirroring wider research in this area. Young people recount being seen as ‘troublesome’ – blamed for their situation – underlining that if services are to be effective, they need to reach those with ‘difficult’ behaviour as well as young people considered most ‘deserving’ of support.

All the stories show how important it is for professionals to build trust with young people, taking time to listen and keep them informed about what is going on, making sure they know professionals are on their side. For this, agencies need appropriate resources and time as well as knowledge, so wider issues about how the state supports young people form the backdrop to the individual accounts.

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Mental Health: New Online Learning, Conference And Resources

Cherylynn Wray - Saturday, October 22, 2016 -

Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Director for Children Young People & Schools Programme at Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has developed an online newsletter with various resources, online learning and conference available in relation to mental health.  Access the link for details:
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In Brief: Children's Commissioner Newsletter

Cherylynn Wray - Saturday, October 22, 2016 -   Read More

In Brief: Children's Commissioner Newsletter

Cherylynn Wray - Saturday, October 22, 2016 -   Read More

Welcome To The New SAPHNA Website!

Sharon White - Monday, July 04, 2016 -

Welcome to the new SAPHNA website! This is your new home for all the latest information on the School and Public Health Nurses Association  Read More

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