Workshop on the Whole School Approach to Health and Wellbeing 

The Copthorne Hotel, Cardiff

7th September 2018 (13:00 - 16:30)

Most of you will be aware of the Assembly debate which took place around the CYPE Committee’s report, Mind over Matter, which called for a step change in emotional and mental health support for children and young people, and the Welsh Government response. Further to the debate there have been discussions taking place, centred on how we can accelerate our work to achieve a whole school approach to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Wales. 

To help this process, a workshop is being held to bring together the different partners with an interest in this area. The purpose of the day is to agree a shared definition of what ‘whole school approach’ means, to identify what everyone is doing, and through this process to identify where there are gaps.

This workshop is the first event in what we hope will be a series of discussions, and there will be other opportunities to get involved beyond the initial workshop on September 7th as a detailed programme of activity develops.

This is an important first step. It is quite clear it will need to be part of a concerted effort to establish a wider whole-system approach to multi-disciplinary working across health, education and social care. My hope and expectation is that this will be supported by a fundamental shift in how Welsh Government departments work together, along with statutory and voluntary sector agencies, to deliver child-centred services responsive to individual needs.

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Click here for prepared questions 

Click here for the Whole School Approach Infographics

Written Statement - Joint Ministerial Task and Finish Group on a Whole-School Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing ​

Work now being lead by Welsh Government. Contact Jason Pollard for further information-

Young Wales - Young People’s Question Time

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Young Wales is delighted to announce that a Young People’s Question Time event will take place on Tuesday 24th October 2017.  This event, which will take place in Cardiff Bay, will be an opportunity for young people to put questions to a panel on the issues that matter to them.  This will be an early evening event 5.30pm – 8pm.
Confirmed panellists are:

  • Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education
  • Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE, Expert Advisor to Together 4 Children & Young People (T4CYP) – a programme set up to improve mental health services for children and young people in Wales.
  • Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

A tour of the Senedd will be arranged during the after-noon, prior to the event, for those able to come earlier (2.30pm), followed by refreshments, before moving over to Question Time (venue to be confirmed).
Further details and booking forms will be sent out in early September.  We will be asking for questions to be submitted in advance and details of how to do this will be sent out at the same time.  We anticipate a high demand for this event and places will be limited.
If you have any queries about this event please contact: Andrea on 029 2034 2434 or


Together for Children & Young People Annual Conference 2017

  • Focusing on ways in which we can build resilience in children and young people at all ages
  • Keynote speech from Jane Hutt AM, Leader of the House and Chief Whip
  • Presentations from Children’s Commissioner and Professor Dame Sue Bailey DBE
  • Exploring innovative schemes developed within Wales and showcasing best practice
  • Opportunity to listen to the experiences of young people and how we can make a change together to enable them to better cope with life's challenges
  • Formal launch of additional key products from the Programme
  • Displays highlighting the work of initiatives to support child and adolescent mental health services.

Materials from the day click here and select Events and Conferences / 2017 - Annual Conference

Together for Children & Young People Annual Conference 2016

  • Highlight recent work to engage with Children and Young People across Wales:
  • Keynote address from Vaughan Gethin AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Sport
  • Presentations from Children’s Commissioner and Young Wales
  • Young services users will be sharing their Making Sense report into CAMHS
  • Provide feedback on how we will address the key issues they raised. 
  • Formal launch of a number of key products from the Programme
  • Update on progress of the priorities developed with stakeholders
  • Shape the key priorities for action for the next 12 months through a series of themed workshops

Materials from the day click here and select Events and Conferences / 2016 - Annual Conference

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