Conference focuses on improving the lives of children and young people

Teachers, health professionals and social workers gathered at the Civic Centre for this year's Health and Wellbeing and Child Protection Conference

Mental health and wellbeing conference 2019

The importance of promoting and understanding positive mental health among children and young people has been an area of growing concern in recent years, and young people from schools across the area also attended the event.

Over the course of the day, there were opportunities for Education and Families and wider partners to engage in self-evaluation, reflection and discussion. 

Gerard McLaughlin, Head of Education and Families, said: "We are determined to improve how we engage and involve children, young people and families in planning and delivering children's services and the support we provide in North Lanarkshire.

"This event, along with our Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience Delivery Plan will go a long way to providing children with a nurturing environment that builds resilience along with early targeted intervention to deal with mental health issues.

"It's also crucial that staff are well supported to be able to deal with the emotional demands of this work."

The conference took place on Tuesday 1 October and was opened by Des Murray, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council

Guest speakers included Liz Angus, HM Inspector of Education and Ken Muir, Chief Executive of General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS). 

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