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Terms of reference for the Joint Ministerial Task and Finish Group on a Whole-School Approach to Mental Health and Well-being.

The Welsh Government has established a Joint Ministerial Task and Finish (T&F) Group to take forward the whole school approach to emotional and mental wellbeing, as part of a whole system approach which also recognises the wider impact of physical wellbeing.  In achieving this, the T&F Group will have regard to the recommendations and findings in the Children, Young People and Education Committee Mind Over Matter report (April 2018).  The T&F Group will be supported by a stakeholder reference group.

Purpose

The purpose of this stakeholder reference group is:

  • to support the work of the T&F Group by providing expert input and acting as a sounding board to the T&F Group as the whole school approach work programme is developed and implemented.
  • to act as a conduit between the T&F Group, local authorities, local health boards and the third sector to help identify and agree strategic and operational approaches that can be support the whole school approach.
  • to consider practical solutions and provide advice and recommendations to the Welsh Government to support the programme of work.

Work carried out by this group will be congruous with the principles underpinning the work of the whole school and whole system approach:

  • Support must be both universal and targeted.
  • Support must be appropriate, timely and effective.
  • Support must focus on prevention, restorative practice and on effective and timely intervention when this is needed.
  • Support should avoid the medicalisation of children, and centre the needs and the wishes of the children and young people involved. 

Group Membership and Structure

The Group will meet at least 3 times a year, following the same schedule as the T&F group. If necessary, it may meet more often to take forward specific actions or pieces of work. Subcommittees may be formed with agreement of the whole group, to take forward discrete pieces of work on an ad hoc basis. The Group is time-limited and will run until the end of this Assembly term (May 2021).

It will be chaired by Ruth Conway, Deputy Director – Support for Learners Division, Welsh Government. Secretariat support will be provided by the Welsh Government.

Members

 

 

Organisation

Confirmed Rep

Attending 1st meeting on 24 Jan 2019

 

Local Health Boards

 

 

  1.  

Cwm Taf UHB

Craige Wilson (Assistant Director Primary Care, Children’s and Community Services)

Yes

  1.  

BC UHB

Gary Doherty (Chief exec) has been asked for nominations

 

  1.  

Powys Teaching UHB

1. Helen James, School Nursing
2. Mary O’Grady, CAMHS Manager 
3. Andy Evans, programme Director for , primary Care.
Two reps from these three people will attend

Yes

  1.  

AB UHB

Nick Wood (currently on leave - back on 10/12)  - His PA has put it in his calendar

 

  1.  

Cardiff & Vale UHB

Rachel Burton (Director of Operations for the Children and Women Clinical Board)


Lisa Dunsford will be the Primary care rep.

Yes

 

Yes

  1.  

Bro M UHB

Tracy Mayhill (Chief Exec) has been asked for nominations.

 

  1.  

HD UHB

Angela Lodwick, Head of
S-CAMHS and Psychological Therapies

Yes

  1.  

Neurodevelopmental

Dr Cath Norton, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, has been asked to be a Rep.

 

 

  1.  

School nursing

Barbara Morgan, Hywel Dda UHB - Senior Nurse Quality Assurance School Nursing

Yes

  1.  

Welsh Local Government Association

Tim Opie,  Lifelong Learning Policy Officer

Yes

  1.  

School Governor/Parental representative

Kevin Griffiths, SED, asked for nominations

 

  1.  

Local Authority Counselling

Chris Alders, VoG LA

Yes

  1.  

Local Authority Educational Psychology

Debbie Tynan, SLD asked for nominations

 

  1.  

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Amani Hassan, Chair RCPsych

Yes

  1.  

Together for Children and Young People Programme

Deb Austin, T4CYP Programme Manager

Yes

  1.  

Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes

Sarah Andrews, Head of Programme – Healthy Settings, Public Health Wales

Yes

  1.  

Children’s Commissioner’s office

Kirrin Davidson, policy Advisor

Yes

 

Third Sector

 

 

  1.  

Samaritans Cymru

Sarah Stone, Executive Director

Yes

  1.  

Gofal

Liz Mander, Deputy Director of Services

Yes

  1.  

Mind

Nia Evans, Manager, Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Yes

  1.  

Youth Justice Board Cymru

Lynzi Jarman, Director of Engagement and Innovation

Yes

  1.  

National Youth Advocacy Service

Sharon Lovell, National Executive Director (Wales)

Yes

  1.  

ACE Hub

Joanne Hopkins (Director) has been invited

Yes

  1.  

Education stakeholder (head teacher?)

TBA

 

  1.  

ALNCo

Debbie Tynan, SLD has been asked for nominations

 

  1.  

TUC representative

1. Rosie Lewis, Unison
2. Ruth Brady, GMB

Yes

  1.  

Academic

Ann John, Clinical Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry

Yes

  1.  

Society of Schools for Welsh Language Education (CYDAG)

Asked for nomination

 

  1.  

Sport Wales

Paul Batcup, Director, asked for nomination

 

  1.  

Eating Disorder Expert

Jacinta Tan,  Consultant Psychiatrist, Adult Eating Disorder Team,  Bro Morgannwg UHB

Yes

  1.  

ADSS

Sally Jenkins

Yes (but only available from 15:00 onwards

  1.  

NHS Confederation

Vanessa Young,
Director

 

 

Yes

  1.  

Diverse Cymru

Zahrah Bashir-Hicks, BME Mental Health Youth Worker

 

Yes

  1.  

Police Liasion Unit (PLU)

Lynda Young from the PLU has been asked (via DS/CSfH&SS) for nomination

 

  1.  

End Youth Homelessness
 

Hugh Russell,
Wales project Manager will nominate a rep.

 

Input outside of meetings

Outside of meetings, engagement will be undertaken and input provided electronically by the Group. A wider pool of stakeholders may be consulted electronically and have their views fed back to the Group for consideration when appropriate.

Youth stakeholder reference group

The Group exists alongside the Youth Stakeholder Reference Group, which will meet on the same timetable and consider a similar agenda. The note from Youth Stakeholder Reference Group meetings will be made available to members of this Group on request.

Confidentiality

Members of the Group are encouraged to utilise the organisation or sector they represent and seek their feedback on matters of policy and practice to inform and support the whole school approach.

However, you will be expected to treat information obtained through the Stakeholder Reference Group in confidence and share only on a restricted basis.

The Secretariat will inform members of the Group of any confidential information that can not be shared outside of the Group.

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