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Conference: Mental health and safeguarding

20th September 2021 @ 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Sacpa members report that mental health is one of the top three concerns in their organisations, alongside the associated safeguarding concerns that arise as a result. We are facing a tsunami of concerns around mental health following the pandemic, causing a shortage of external support and delayed referrals.

Mental health and safeguarding are intrinsically linked. Based on regular discussions with Sacpa members, working across a range of sectors, this conference has been designed to address the key issues surrounding the current mental health crisis. Practitioners need an understanding of both safeguarding and mental health, and how they come together, to successfully support those in their care.


Training topics will include:

  • The relationship between mental health and safeguarding
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicide ideation
  • Mental health first aid
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Supporting the supporters.



  • All practitioners working with children, young people or vulnerable individuals, DSL/DSO, DDSL, Safeguarding Manager/Lead, Mental health leads.


Conference joining details will be sent out 24-48hrs before the conference with clear detail on how to join.

09:00 – 09:45
Aileen Kane, Director, Sacpa and COO, BSA Group

Jo Howarth, Founder and Managing Director, The Happiness Club

10:00 – 11:00
Eating disorders
Chair: Jane Graham, Director, Health and Wellbeing BSA Group and Director, Hieda
Tina McGuff, Eating Disorder & Mental Health awareness workshop facilitator, author, Mental  Health First Aid trainer
Adrienne Rennie, Recovery Worker and BEAT ambassador

11:00 – 11:30    Morning break

11:30 – 12:30
Self-harm and Suicide ideation
Chair: Aileen Kane, Director, Sacpa and COO, BSA Group
Indra Herbert, National Training Manager, PAPYRUS UK
Kenny Gibson (RN), National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch

13:30 – 14:30
Mental health first aid
Chair: Dale Wilkins, Director of Safeguarding, Professional Development and Accreditation,
BSA Group
Jane Graham, Director, Hieda and Director, Health and Wellbeing, BSA Group

14:30 – 15:00    Afternoon break

15:00 – 16:00
Understanding Anxiety
Chair: Bethan Waddington, Head of CPD, Events and Consultancy, BSA Group
Dr Jody Walshe, Educational and Child Psychologist and Author
Dave Smithson, Operations Director, AnxietyUK

16:00 – 17:00
Supporting the supporters
Chair: Ammy Davies-Potter, Director of Guardianship and Inclusion, BSA Group
Jane Bee, Director, Jane Bee Safeguarding Ltd

17:00                Close of conference.

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  • Member rate: £185
  • Non-member rate: £370*
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20th September 2021
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Virtual – Zoom
United Kingdom


The Safeguarding and Child Protection Association
+44 (0)207 798 1585
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