Scotland Policy Conferences

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.

Priorities for children’s mental health services in Scotland: improving access, developing the workforce and the future for policy

May 2019

This seminar brought together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the delivery plan from the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce discussing key aspects including developing online and digital support platforms, increasing community support for those aged 5-24, and facilitating the expansion of a diverse workforce focusing on mental health in education, communities and primary care.

Delegates discussed multi-agency collaboration and the enhancement of the role of schools - and supporting the development of effective community, peer-to-peer and family support services to provide alternatives to more traditional forms of care.

The agenda brought out latest thinking in improving prevention of mental ill-health, being made to improve mental health first aid training and support counselling within schools and community services to help those at heightened risk of poor mental health. This was followed by a discussion on the findings of the Public Audit Committee Report on the impact of social media.

Delegates assessed the future for the mental health workforce - focusing on the next steps for training, upskilling and diversifying the mental health and social care workforce.

Further sessions considered the way forward for reducing stigma and improving access to appropriate and effective mental health services for children and families and raising their awareness of available services through the use of technology and digital platforms to encourage effective engagement with mental health care.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates