Inclusion Matters 2018: Resilience and Belonging

“Resilience” is much talked about. Recently the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, stated that “the ethos of a school, the expectations that are set for students and the support that’s given, alongside what happens in extracurricular activity, in sport in public speaking in voluntary work and so on – all of these things will have an effect on character resilience and on the workplace skills that our young people will take with them,” 

Thinking about the uncertain world our children are growing up in, psychologists and mental health practitioners are focusing on how we can enhance children’s resilience, for example by promoting a ‘sense of safety; calming; a sense of self- and community- efficacy; connectedness and hopefulness.’ (based on Hobfall et al., 2007)

“The more that families, schools and communities can do to promote these principles in their everyday interactions the less likely they will need therapy” (David Trickey, Professional Responses to Potentially Traumatic Events, Manchester, July 2017)

Our fifth annual Inclusion Matters conference continues our exploration of Resilience, focusing on the themes of ‘connectedness’ and ‘belonging’. We are bringing together a range of practitioners to talk about the many ways in which schools can foster a sense of belonging, helping children and young people to understand their place in the world and enhance their resilience.

We are returning to the beautiful, iconic setting of Gorton Monastery, and can guarantee an interesting and energising programme providing an opportunity to take some time out to reflect and plan.

Confirmed speakers

David Trickey, Clinical Psychologist, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

David Trickey is a leading Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in working with traumatised children, young people and their families since 2000. He continues to focus on direct clinical work and the supervision of other clinicians working with traumatised children and young people. He regularly offers training and consultation, he presents at international conferences, and he supervises doctoral research. He acts as an expert advisor to the police and as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases in the area of children and trauma. He is a tutor on the Core Skills Module of the London and South East CYP-IAPT course at UCL & KCL.  In all of his roles he draws heavily on the published research literature, to which he has made a minor contribution.

Keynote: Professional Responses to Potentially Traumatic Events.

This presentation will describe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it manifests in children and young people. It will then consider how the research-evidence can inform the response of professionals following potentially traumatic events, with a particular emphasis on what this might look like in the very real-world setting of schools.

Seminar: What Makes a Traumatic Event Traumatic

This seminar will use the Cognitive Model of PTSD as a framework for understanding how children and young people are traumatised by events. It will describe how memories for traumatic events are different from memories for other events, and how these traumatic memories together with the lasting meaning of events can continue to cause children and young people distress and difficulty long after the events have ended.

 Anne Rathbone, Senior Training and Consultancy Manager, Boingboing-Resilience CIC

Anne Rathbone has 25 years experience in participatory approaches in planning, commissioning and delivery of young people’s services.  She is currently supervised by Professor Angie Hart and Dr Carl Walker at Brighton University, working on co-produced research on resilience with young disabled adults.  

Professor Kevin Woods, Research Co-ordinator, Manchester Institute of Education and Director of Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology, University of Manchester

Kevin Woods is an educational psychologist and works at Manchester University as director of professional training in educational psychology. 

Seminar: Children’s rights within their educational assessment – how well are we doing? 

There is continued interest in supporting the promotion of children’s rights in schools, but how does this look when it comes to assessment? To what extent does, or can, our current assessment practices (e.g. for SATs, GCSEs) promote children’s rights? Drawing on recent research, Kevin offers some ideas for how we might think about promoting children’s rights in assessment at school.  

Emma Beresford, Director, Parental Engagement Network CIC

Members of Emma's team will be talking about building relationships with parents, including building engagement and empowering parents early on through mouse club and the home learning project. 

Dr Iyabo Fatimilehin, Director, Just Psychology CIC

We are especially pleased to welcome Dr Fatimilehin, a psychologist colleague from a North West Community Interest Company. Dr Fatimilehin will talk about the experiences of international newly arrived children and families.

Monika Neall, Impact Consultant, The Pebble

Monika Neall is an Impact Consultant and Coach. She works with organisations to help them make a bigger difference. Monika has designed training and consultancy to connect ideas to strategy and outcomes. She is the Chair of Governors at Alma Park Primary School and is a parent governor representative on Manchester City Council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee.

Seminar: Building a place of Belonging; from board to delivery

Proactive ways for us to embed “belonging” into school policy and practice: "Sources of belonging double as sources of resilience, so for children who don't have that sense of belonging through trauma, violence, instability etc, this affects their core resilience. This seminar will explore the fact that schools can proactively become a place of belonging and consider how we as schools can find strategic ways to help find better solutions."

Vickie Plummer, Director, Canine Assisted Learning

"Canine-Assisted Learning provides animal-assisted intervention, activities and support to both educational and private environments. Our highly trained assistance dogs and therapists have a wealth of experience working with young people with special educational needs along with mainstream students. We take pride in the professional, unique service we offer and aim to be the leaders in Animal Assisted Interventions in schools in the UK. We are a member of the Society for Companion Animal Studies and we fully comply with their codes of practice."

Booking information

Delegates should be aware that Keynote sessions will be open to all. Seminars will run as parallel sessions for up to 30 delegates. There will be an opportunity to sign up to seminars in advance but placement in a particular seminar cannot be guaranteed.


Early bird price (up until Friday 16th March): £145

Full price (after 16th March): £165

April 27, 2018 at 8:45am - 4pm
Gorton Monastery
Gorton Lane
Manchester, M12 5WF
United Kingdom
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