Book your ticket now: We are taking the CORC Forum online, 19th November 2020

We're excited to announce that our annual CORC Forum will go ahead and will be hosted online this year, enabling us to welcome more attendees than usual, who can access the event from anywhere in the world. Please mark your calendars and book your place for this year's half-day virtual CORC Forum on 19th November.


Bringing together members and colleagues from the research, mental health and education sector, our annual CORC Forum features inspirational speakers, exciting topics and discussions and is the ideal event to expand your knowledge of mental health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people. 

Highlights this year include the Children’s Society sharing recent findings from The Good Childhood Report 2020 and Life on Hold: children’s well-being and COVID 19 and a closer look at the pressures that are making children and young people unhappy. We will be sharing our latest ‘big data’ analyses and looking at the relationships between the characteristics of children and young people seen by services, how they are using services, and the outcomes they see. The presenters in our break-outs will open up a range of topical discussions, such as measuring outcomes in schools and in remote work; our efforts to better understand and address racial inequalities in measuring and understanding experiences of mental health and mental health support; and young people’s recommendations for services on outcome measurement.

We are looking forward to our national and international members and our network and colleagues, who previously travelled from far and wide, being able to join us in this more flexible way on Zoom. While we will miss being together in one space, we are aiming to bring you an equivalent amount of new learning, inspiration and ideas through a half day event, with breaks and breakout sessions to enable everyone to both take some time away from their screen and to be an active participant. 

We will be joined by our colleagues from the Evidence Based Practice Unit, the Creative Youth Network, the Schools in Mind team and the Young Champions from the Anna Freud Centre and many more. 


09:30 - 09:45

Introduction and welcome 

Nick Tait - Programme Manager at CORC

09:45 - 10:15

Recent findings from the Good Childhood Report 2020 and Life on Hold: children’s well-being and COVID 19 

Richard Crellin - Policy Manager at Children's Society

10:15 - 10:30

Recent developments from CORC - the latest learning, innovations and direction of travel from CORC and collaborators 

Kate Dalzell - Head of CORC

10:30 - 10:45

Unpacking the association between case-mix, treatment outcome and service use: preliminary findings 

Dr Julian Edbrooke-Childs - CORC Research Lead & Associate Professor at UCL

10:45 - 11:00 Improving communication between service users and services - presenting co-developed video with Young Champions from the Anna Freud Centre
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:30

Breakout Sessions

Each breakout room will be hosted by experts in this topic, who will kick off the discussion and a member of the CORC team moderating and supporting the discussion.

  • Getting future-ready: what are we learning about working with outcome and feedback measures remotely?
  • Should schools be measuring mental wellbeing? - If so, what are we learning about best to do it?
  • How do you establish a whole school/ college approach to mental health? AFC introduce their framework ‘5 Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing: Leading Change’ to open the discussion
  • How do you develop an outcomes framework collaboratively? Creative Youth Network share their experiences
  • Social prescribing for child and youth mental health and wellbeing – why is it not happening? Discussing the latest research findings on offering non-specialist interventions
  • Diversity in measurement – what are some current issues and challenges, opportunities and best practices?
  • What are the tools for engaging young people with outcome measurement?
13:30 Event close
13:30 - 14:00 Post-event Social Zoom - we invite participants to join us for some further reflecting time and networking activities

*Please note: The annual CORC Forum is free for our Full and Associate CORC Members. Due to this year’s forum being hosted online, we can provide up to 10 spaces for paid CORC members. The ticket price is only £15 per person for non-members.

We are looking forward to seeing you in November at our #CORCForum2020.


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Kate Dalzell

Head of CORC

Kate is Head of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) and leads research, informatics and service support teams in taking forward CORC’s mission: promoting the meaningful use of evidence to improve child and youth mental health and wellbeing. Kate is also Head of Innovation and Dissemination at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Her background is in service development in a local authority context, and in particular applying data-driven approaches to embed a focus on outcomes. She has been active in improving service collaboration and coordination around community needs through her work across a range of public, voluntary and community sector bodies – in particular in regeneration contexts. Recently Kate has been exploring how evidence and feedback loops can improve the impact of self-care (non-professionally mediated approaches) in child and youth mental health, as well as continuing to improve CORC’s support to young people, commissioners, mental health practitioners and schools in making best use of evidence to improve outcomes.

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