Mental Health Conference

30th April 2018 - 9.30am - 4pm - Tunbridge Wells Town Hall

Fegans is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Our Children, Our Future’ Mental Health Conference on 30th April 2018 at Tunbridge Wells Town Hall. Fegans is dedicated to counselling children and supporting parents, and never have we been more determined to tackle preventative measures as well as providing mental health services. As part of our campaign we are hosting a one day conference with key note speakers, information packs and qualified experts, to bring our community together to discuss children’s mental health, and how we can all work to bring about change in the South East. Please note this is a free event with lunch and refreshments provided. Scroll down for the full program.

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who is it for?

Calling Headteachers, SENCOs, Department Heads…

Are you wondering what a whole school approach looks like in a mental health context?
Do you want to find out what support is available in your community and at what cost?
You want to get a feel for the direction of mental health treatment in West Kent?
Do you believe in pooling resources and collaboration?

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What you will learn and takeaway from the day…

An informed view on the national picture of mental health for children
The voice of the local CAMHS team
Information from the main mental health providers in West Kent
A forum on the Government green paper on the “Whole school approach”
Speakers on key issues such as eating disorders, self harm and technology

The Speakers

Ian Soars

Ian joined Fegans in July 2014 with a remit to bring transformation and growth. Ian came to Fegans from Hays plc having worked with them for almost 20 years as the UK Delivery Director working with high profile organisations to design, evaluate and implement complex large volume national recruitment programs. Ian has been married to Nicky for 25 years and together they have 3 daughters, Jemima 11 and Gabriella and Olivia, both 9. Ian is a passionate Christian whose driver is to see Fegans demonstrate the goodness and love of God through expert, qualified care and compassion to vulnerable children and families across the UK.

Ian Bauckham

Ian has worked in education since graduating from Cambridge University. He led a modern languages department and a sixth form before becoming headteacher of a large comprehensive in Kent.  The school was graded outstanding and is a Teaching School and SCITT.  Ian was president of ASCL 2013-14. Ian now leads a MAT which includes free schools, is an Ofsted inspector and was a HTB member 2014-17.   He chaired a TSC-sponsored review of Modern Languages in 2016, is a trustee of NFER, sits on the Board of Ofqual, and is now the government’s education advisor for RSE and PSHE    He was awarded the CBE in 2017 for services to education.

Nina Marshall
Nina is a registered general nurse and a registered mental health nurse with over 14 years post qualifying experience. Nina has predominantly worked with young people with eating disorders in the child and adolescent mental health services prior to moving into the all age pathway.
Nina has additional post graduate qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Dr Annie Cardinall
Annie is the Principal Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Lead Eating Disorders (Kent & Medway Eating Disorders Service). She has experience (and post qualification training) in a range of therapeutic models, in particular Cognitive Therapy and Group Analytic psychotherapy She has conducted research in NHS clinical settings and management consultancy.
Annie currently works in Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services in the NHS and specialises in Eating Disorders and Self Harm with young people and families in East Kent. Annie manages and offers clinical supervision to clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists and members of her team. Annie takes a lead in developing groupwork in East Kent and is currently evaluating research and writing for publication with colleagues in Multi-Family Therapy (MFT) for Anorexia Nervosa and Emotional Regulation groups (DBT).
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service leads. Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of five books and is the current vice chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.  She’s also a Mum of two who works hard every day to win her own battles against PTSD, anorexia, self-harm and depression.

Jo Tonkin
Jo Tonkin, is a Public Health Specialist in Kent County Council. She works closely with CCG commissioners on the Transformation of Children and Young People and Young Adults Mental Health  and is a HeadStart Kent executive member. Jo has worked for public and the community and voluntary sectors in a range of roles including children and young people’s participation, programme evaluation, community development work, participatory research and commissioning.

9.00 – 9.30: Registration/ coffee/ stands

9.30 – 9.45: Welcome address – Ian Soars

9.45 – 10.25: Ian Bauckham (Tenax) on Relationships Education: Relationships, sex education and PSHE

10.25 – 11.05: Gill Burns and Brid Johnson (NELFT Children’s & Young People’s Mental Health Service) an overview of the new model and service

11.05 – 11.30: Coffee

11.30 – 12.10: Talk, Nina Marshall – eating disorders

12.10 – 12.50: Talk, Dr Pooky Knightsmith – self harm

12.50 – 1.35: Lunch

1.35 – 2.15: Jo Tonkin – trends in mental health for children and young people in Kent

2.15 – 2.45: Sarah Francillia – case study

2.45 – 3.30 : Presentations

3.30 – 3.45: Close – Ian Soars

3.45: Networking and refreshments

why fegans?

We currently work with 400 children a week, and aim to reach 2,000 a week, before we set our next target.  The mental health of the nation is gaining more attention in the media and stigma is gradually being chipped away.

This is a much welcome development to organisations such as ours, however the news is alarming, and more needs to be done, especially in the light of government cuts.

From recent news alone there has been reports that:

  • A quarter of 14 year old girls show signs of depression.
  • More than half of school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems.
  • The number of reported sexual offences by under-18s against other under-18s in England and Wales rose by 71% between 2013-14 and 2016-17.

What can Fegans do?

  • Continue to support as many vulnerable children as possible in schools and in centre with counselling.
  • Support parents in schools, homes and in centre with Counselling and Parents Supporting Parents.
  • Train school teachers, education workers and counsellors in how to work with children, and how to deal with issues that can arise.
  • Bring the local mental health community together to bring about positive change.
  • Raise awareness for the mental health needs and safeguarding of children, both offline and online at our Parents page.



Tickets to the ‘Our Children, Our Future’ Mental Health Conference 2018 are FREE, and due to limited space are by invitation only. However if you are a SENCO, Headteacher, or teacher working with wellness and mental health in the South East, and you haven’t received an invitation, please do get in touch with Lisa Hounslow for more information on

the location

Tunbridge Wells Town Hall, Civic Centre, Mount Pleasant, TN1 1JN

Tunbridge Wells Town Hall