Cross Sector Event - Early Help and Enhanced Support 

19 June 2019

The event brought together professionals from a range of organisations and sectors as part of discussions to develop a whole system approach to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Wales.

Where possible, presentations from speakers and workshops are available below.


National Youth Stakeholder Group

Thomas, National Youth Stakeholder Group member

Making compassion sustainable: A whole systems approach to children’s well-being

Dr Lynn McDonnell & Dr Helen Kirkaldie - Aneurin Bevan UHB

Llamau: A journey into PIE

Sam Austin, Dr Jayne Williams & Rudy - Llamau

Flintshire’s Early Help Hub: Supporting families together

Jane Turvey & Craig Macleod - Flintshire County Council
Lesley Bayley - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Each workshop at the event focused on a different project or service for children and young people, and acted as a starting point for discussions on the central themes of the Early Help and Enhanced Support event:

  • Core values for a whole system approach to Early Help and Enhanced Support
  • Key ingredients of success for Early Help and Enhanced Support 
  • Key messages

Children’s Rights and a Child-Centred Approach

Kirrin Davidson & Kath Mattingly, Children’s Commissioner for Wales

Emotional well-being and mental health of young people in Wales - what contribution can youth work make?

Tim Opie, WLGA, & Jo Sims, Blaenau Gwent County Council

A Voice and a Choice

Siobhan Parry & Candice Ringer, Gofal

Transforming Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services using the Iceberg Model

Dr Liz Gregory & Dr Lynn McDonnell, Aneurin Bevan UHB

Schools In-Reach ‘SIR’ (Ceredigion) Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) Consultations – Whole School Approach

Ashley Lewis-Walters & Sofia Wadman, Hywel Dda UHB

Listen, Act, Thrive – The Emotional & Mental Health of Care Experienced Children & Young People

Henry Vaille & Natalie Avery, Welsh Government; Dan, Care Leaver; Heidi Keiser, NSPCC; and Tracey Welch, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Meg: This is me. Care Experienced Children’s Wellbeing

Andrea O’Shea, Children’s Commissioning Consortium Cymru; Lucy Treby, Social Care Wales; Meg, Care Experienced Young Person; and Mel Dennis, Inspire & Support

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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.

Click here for the agenda

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-

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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


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Together for Children & Young People Annual Conference 2017 

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

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Together for Children & Young People Annual Conference 2016 

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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