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Child and adolescent mental health sustainable training

This mental health training is for people who work with children and young people.

The programme is co-produced and delivered by a range of providers to suit the needs of schools, council staff, children centres, the voluntary sector, parents, children and young people.

Training providers 


Collective Voices (for school staff – free)

Rethink offer mental health awareness training in schools for teachers. This is delivered by young champions and mental health trusts. 

This training is bookable as inset days, twilight or 2 hour sessions.

Contact Patrick Stoakes on, 0207 840 3018 or visit the Rethink website.


Mental Health First Aid (for school staff – free)

Mind provide mental health first aid training to schools. This is delivered as a 2-day course with space for 128 professionals per course.

Learn Well (for pupils in secondary schools – free)

Mind deliver 6 psycho-educational workshops for 11 to 16 year olds.

Schools can choose 2 core modules and 4 elective modules on topics including relationships, mindfulness, sleep, stress and resilience.

The course is led in groups at a time that suits the school, in larger groups (assemblies and year groups) or smaller classes.

Contact Claudia Dennington on 020 7471 0592 or, or visit the Mind website for more information.

Central North West London (CNWL)

CNWL are the main provider of child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in Westminster.

CNWL offers innovative parental and professional training on request; community CAMHS delivers bespoke training in schools, some of which is free.

Contact David Bailey on 020 3204 5500 or or visit the CAMHS website.

Partners in Practice (formally Focus on Practice)  

Partners in Practice offer bespoke training to a range of council staff including Systemic Family Therapy.

A primary focus of Partners in Practice is to equip staff (social workers and other council staff) with systemic thinking and skills to assist them in their work.

The service also provides consultation and advice to foster carers and other agencies.

Contact Nick Pendry at for further information.

Westminster Special Schools Training and Outreach (based at QE2 School) 

Federation of Westminster Special Schools Training and Outreach offers training for professionals and parents of children and young people with learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. This includes:

  • early Years sensory training for schools and parents
  • autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) early bird plus  - support programmes running twice a year for parents and carers, offering advice and guidance on strategies and approaches for young autistic children
  • cygnet (once a year) similar to early bird plus but for older children
  • healthy minds – a programme for parents looking specifically at prevention of mental health issues for the children with autistic spectrum disorders
  • training programmes for teachers on anxiety and ASD
  • regular support for staff in school advising on emotional regulation and crises management.

Contact Carolyn Gelenter on 07960 727489 or, or visit the Federation of Westminster Special Schools Training and Outreach website.

Westminster Society 

Training for parents and schools including:

  • training for parents with young children with complex needs, learning disabilities or ASD
  • triple p parenting courses for parents of younger children
  • autism awareness, early bird and learning disability awareness
  • managing behaviour positively

School provision:

  • parenting groups

Contact Shona Duncan on 020 8968 7376 or, or visit the Westminster Society website.

Educational Psychology

Whole school approach for professionals - free universal offer to all schools.

ELSA national programme for school and new for early years in 2017 to 2018 (free targeted offer, funded by CCGs).

  • teaching assistants receive empowering training which helps them feel comfortable working with young people with emotional and social difficulties
  • nurture groups for schools and nurseries (free, targeted offer funded by CCGs)
  • 2-day training across the 3 boroughs delivered by educational psychologists followed by a 3-day nurture group training from the National Nurture Group Trust
  • targeted video interactive guidance (VIG) for parents and teachers
  • ASD and ADHD groups in schools

Contact Felicity Record on 07468 710717 or

Looked After Children CAMHS and Looked After Children Nurses

Bespoke mental health training and support for foster carers and adopters and others who work with looked after children.

Telephone: 0208 753 5811

Health Education Partnership (HEP)

HEP deliver training in schools, early years settings and colleges. They have a whole school approach to improving the health and wellbeing of pupils, parents and staff. 

Training sessions include information and knowledge on emotional wellbeing and positive relationships (free, CCG-funded).

Contact David Millard on or 07738 476 236  or visit the HEP website.

Last updated: 5 October 2017