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18 Mar
Mental health support (students)
18 Mar 2020 - 18 Mar 2020

Mental health support (students)


Date: March 18, 2020

Venue: Hotel London Kensington, 61 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4PE

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: Deputy Head, Head of Boarding, Boarding staff, Medical staff


Why should you attend?

The continuing increase in mental health issues faced by young people makes it more vital that boarding staff have the understanding to offer themselves as the first line of support. Creating a positive culture of well-being is central to promoting satisfactory development and growth and the confidence to help boarders to make good choices around the risks that they face adds to the skills required to work in a boarding environment.


The develop clearer knowledge and understand of mental health in young people and increase confidence in offer initial support.


  • What is wellbeing?
  • Issues and concerns surrounding mental health and wellbeing
  • Developing a framework of resilience
  • Strategies to support young people
  • Putting it into practice.

Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Boarders are away from home and need a structure of professional support that meets their needs in an ever more complex journey. The pressures that they face can lead to significant mental health issues that manifest themselves in a variety of different ways. Each individual needs to feel safe and happy in a caring boarding environment.

Outcomes and resources:

Greater confidence in supporting young people’s mental health.

Resilience framework.


Speaker: Dale Wilkins, Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Training, BSA & Mandy Saligari, Addiction, Parenting and Relationship Expert, CHARTER Harley Street

Dale joined the BSA during Summer 2017 with responsibility for safeguarding and standards.  In July 2019 he also assumed responsibility for the BSA’s training programme, including both day seminars and accredited training courses.  Dale leads on all safeguarding and inspection matters for the BSA, including managing the Commitment to Care Charter, the annual Safeguarding Conference, the Safeguarding Forum.   He has also developed a process of BSA Accreditation for our overseas members. 

For 31 years Dale was a boarding practitioner.  After boarding positions at Norwich School and Tettenhall College, Dale became a Housemaster at Old Swinford Hospital in 1992, and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2007, and subsequently also DSL. He has also been a multi-agency trainer for the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and has been closely involved in inspection in state and independent boarding since 2002.

Dale had previously been a BSA course tutor since 1998 and developed the BSA Self-Assessment Toolkit.




Hotel London Kensington (Melia), Hotel London Kensington (managed by Melia), 61 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4PE, United Kingdom