Connect & Learn - Trauma-informed Care for Children and Young People who are considered high risk, high harm and high vulnerability


This session is suitable for all staff and volunteers across the North East and North Cumbria health and care system. If you have any queries about your eligibility to attend, please get in touch.

Join us for this Connect and Learn to hear from Dr Kate Ward (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Newcastle and Gateshead Children and Young People’s Service) and Dr Aisling Martin (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Trusting Hands Gateshead) 



The Connect and Learn sessions are a series of online learning events, planned with the purpose of sharing and spreading improvement work across the North East and North Cumbria health and care system.

Each with a different focus, the Connect and Learns are more than just information-sharing - they are an opportunity for you to connect with like-minded colleagues around a specific topic, to generate ideas, and take forward improvements in your own work, team, or service.


The format for each session is:

  • An introduction to the featured topic and why this is important
  • The presentation from our guest speaker
  • A facilitated discussion about what this means for our system


Please join us for an opportunity to hear about two newly commissioned trauma-informed services that have been developed in partnership between Cumbria Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, and Newcastle and Gateshead Councils. 

These services are vanguard pilots for the Framework for Integrated Care and are part of the NHS Long Term Plan commitment to address the needs of children and young people with Complex Trauma. 

Dr Kate Ward has been working in Children and Young People’s Mental Health services in the North-East region for approximately 20 years, often with young people who have been at risk of admission to inpatient services or secure children’s home. Most recently, Kate has been involved in working with local authority partners and commissioners to develop services that work in partnership to understand and address children and young people’s needs from a trauma-informed perspective. 

Dr Aisling Martin has worked in both clinical and forensic settings with young people, including inpatient and community children’s mental health services, Forensic CAMHS, and the youth justice system.  Aisling had a lead role in implementing the SECURE STAIRS integrated Care Framework and establishing formulation-based approaches within the children and young people’s secure estate, and is currently leading the implementation of the Framework for Integrated Care (Community) as part of Trusting Hands, an embedded trauma-informed care service within Gateshead Children’s Social Care. 


The session will take place via Microsoft Teams, and a link will be emailed to registered delegates a few days in advance. Please note this event will be recorded.

If you have any queries about this event or any special requirements, please contact get in touch.

Event Details

Event date 2 February 2024 9:30 am
Event end date 2 February 2024 10:30 am
Registration Start Date 8 December 2023
Available places 30
Cut off date 26 January 2024
Individual Price Free
Location Online – link will be emailed a few days in advance
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