Youth In Mind

A conference for anyone working with Children and Young People

Youth in Mind is an amazingly rich continuing professional development and networking opportunity designed to upskill everyone working with children and young people. Delivered by Oxfordshire Youth, the county’s leading youth charity and Oxfordshire Mind, this conference is jam-packed with practical takeaways.

Join us in the outstanding facilities of St. Edward’s School, Oxford, to learn from, network with and find out more about: Dr. Sarah Hughes, C.E.O. of Mind; Anne Coyle, Oxfordshire County Council’s newly appointed Interim Director of Children’s ServicesMina Fazel, Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of OxfordPaul James, C.E.O. of one of the largest educational trusts in the countyand dozens more fascinating speakers and workshop facilitators.

Discover the work of Dr. Anisa-Ree Moses, an educational and child psychologist dedicating her career to meeting the needs of vulnerable pupils, explore the mental health crisis in schools and find out how you can be a part of the solution creation process. View the delegate pack and book your tickets here to immerse yourself and your staff team in neurodiversity, child and adolescent mental health services, recovery, psychology and the world of nature play amongst so many more topics! For the ticket price of £55, choose from a huge range of workshops designed to inform and revitalise. And we still haven’t mentioned the Kidlington Primary School students explaining how they care for each other in their mental health den, or spoken word and musical performances from young people rounding off the day! 

This is a unique chance to meet and learn from cross-sector peers at the only event in Oxfordshire to link up Thames Valley Police, school staff, youth workers, in fact, anyone working with children and young people. Against a back-drop of budget constraints and service cuts, let’s seize this opportunity for cross-sector creative thinking and problem solving.

If you book tickets here, we’ll be delighted to see you there. Colleagues in the voluntary sector, please access this discount: 10% off  four or more staff booking together. Use PROMO code: Voluntarysector

What you can expect at Youth in Mind 2023

We have a dazzling array of workshops lined up for you. Browse our selection of In Focus, Breakout and Networking sessions below and read more about them in our delegate pack. Each and every one is delivered by experts in their field, and we know you will find them informative, inspirational, and most importantly, directly applicable to your work with children and young people.

In Focus

These are delivered in lecture format, enabling us to deepen our knowledge of emerging and important issues. In Focus workshops for 2023 include:

  • Gaming, social media and wellbeing
  • Self harm to self care
  • Peer-on-peer sexual harassment and abuse.

Break Out

Practical sessions with more space to explore:

  • Going home well
  • The power of art as therapy
  • Compassion learning spaces: balancing social and emotional learning
  • Self harm to self care
  • Building authentic relationships
  • Over-diagnosed or under-supported? Exploring perceptions of mental health
  • Anxiety toolkit
  • Optimal mental health through focus practices
  • Needs not deeds: working effectively using relational and restorative approaches
  • Community mentoring for young men – being the adult men we want to be!
  • Understanding supported self help
  • Storytelling: a tool to measure impact
  • Hear my voice: how to safely use lived experience
  • Tackling exam stress: advocating physical activity and coping mechanisms
  • Time outside: nature-based activities supporting wellbeing.

Youth in Mind is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people working in your field, deepen existing connections and discover new ways of working together. We build in facilitated networking opportunities to support you and your organisation to be better connected to your peers. The theme of our networking session in 2023 is Networking: strengthening cross-sector partnerships.

Want to know more?

Please contact Sedia Rogers at if you want to know more.

The Youth in Mind Guide is a comprehensive directory of local and national organisations supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing that is republished every two years. Click on the link below to open up a treasure trove of services.

“Superb! It hugely benefits professionals and practitioners.”

“We are facing a tsunami of mental health problems for children and young people and unless we do things differently, we simply won't be able to meet demand.”

Kevin Gordon, Director of Children’s Services, Oxfordshire County Council, Youth in Mind 2022