Mental Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People

Fri Mar 15 2019 at 09:00 am to 01:30 pm
DFID, 22 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

DFID, 22 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

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This new half day face to face training course has been designed by global experts specifically for DFID Education Advisors and wider DFID staff working on development policy and programmes involving children and young people. Its aim is to further strengthen DFID capabilities and know-how in integrating mental health and psychosocial disabilities within our existing policies and programmes. This builds on existing good practice within DFID. The training has been paid for centrally by HOPs Group’s K4D programme and is therefore free to advisers. If you work away from WH then only travel expenses need to be covered.

When? Where?

15th March, 9am-1.30pm. The training will take place in 22 Whitehall, London. It is advised advisors try to attend in person. However, the training has been designed in an interactive way that means it is possible to dial in via v/c from AH or country offices.


In this half-day training, global experts on mental health in LMICs will offer advisors a general orientation to children and young people’s mental health. It will provide a practical overview of how to “do more and do better”, by drawing on evidence of what works, existing normative guidance, and promising and best practice from the field—including case studies from DFID programmes. Special attention will be given to the education sector as well as the unique needs of children and young people in fragile and conflict affected situations.

Roughly half of all mental health conditions onset by the mid-teens, and three-quarters by the mid-twenties. Childhood and youth are crucial life stages during which exposure to poverty, violence and other forms of adversity can negatively impact on lifelong mental health and well-being. At the same time, development interventions targeted at children and young people can build resilience, promote good mental health, and prevent the onset of mental health conditions. But how do we maximize the benefits of existing development interventions for children and young people, to protect their mental health?

Approximately one month after completing the training, participants will have the option to join a virtual discussion with the facilitators, to raise any lingering questions or issues. A reading pack will also be provided for further study.

Please note this traninig is specifically for DFID staff and suitable for education advisors and those working on health policy, programmes and research and evidence.

Learning outcomes

Increased awareness and understanding of how mental health can contribute to wider outcomes (e.g. learning, violence prevention and early childhood development outcomes) for children and young people. (By the end of the training, participants should be able to make the case for “doing more and better” on child and adolescent mental health across DFID’s portfolio.)

Improved understanding of what policy improvements are needed to drive mental health promotion for children and young people, at a local and global level.

Improved knowledge of the key systems building blocks necessary to respond to multiple risk and protective factors across a number of priority sectors (e.g. child protection, school-based approaches, life skills, parenting programmes, child health and development, maternal health.)

Improved skills to implement evidence of what works, good/best practice and normative guidance to strengthen the prevention of adversity from mental health conditions.

Increased understanding of the different experiences and responses needed at different stages of development, crisis and fragility.


Dr Tatiana Salisbury

Dr Kelly Rose-Clarke

Dr Mark Jordans

Victor Ugo (LSHTM/KCL) - Founder/President of MANI, a nationwide youth advocacy and intervention initiative in Nigeria, Global Mental Health MSc student and service user.
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