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Eating Disorders in Children & Young People

Event/course Code HLTH 19/026
Event/course type Workshop
Event Introduction Eating disorders in the UK affect both males and females and in the most recent report published by the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health in 2013 estimated that “over 1.6 million people in the UK are directly affected by an eating disorder. This figure is likely to be an underestimate of the issue. The illnesses most commonly begin in in adolescence and young adulthood with a worrying trend towards younger children developing an eating disorder.”

According to the guidance from the NHS, “anorexia and bulimia is most common in young women and usually starts in the mid-teens.”

According to recent Nice Guidance (2017) “About 15% of people with an eating disorder have anorexia nervosa, which is also more common in younger people, however most people with an eating disorder meet diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or other specified feeding and eating disorder”

There are also increasing numbers of young people with body image concerns and eating difficulties. This highlights the importance of early detection and diagnosis among child and adolescent populations. Nice guidelines (2017) suggest “professionals who assess and treat people with eating disorders should be competent to do so and that Health, social care and education professionals working with people with an eating disorder should be trained and skilled in a variety of areas”.
Event Content The training will be delivered through a range of methods including experiential exercises including case studies and small group work and will utilise various forms of multimedia to assist with this.

This full day will cover: Recognition of different diagnoses of eating disorders, factors associated with the development and maintenance of an eating disorder and recommended treatments including the use of motivational interviewing. This will include being able to recognise the physical, psychological and social implications of having an eating disorder, the associated risks and co-morbid presentations. It will explore how to consider and support young people in relation to “body image”, how to engage with young people, to work collaboratively and enhance motivation to change. It will consider social and cultural influences including the impact of social media and internet and consider issues in relation to consent and confidentiality when there are eating concerns.

Information will be provided about available resources and accessing help and support. There will be reflective space for delegates to consider their own reactions and responses in relation to eating disorders and how this may impact on working with this patient group.

The session will be led by Jo Murray, Systemic Psychotherapist who has worked with Children and Young People with eating disorders within Community and Inpatient CAMHS Settings


Dr Jacqui Hammond-Wyatt, Clinical Psychologist who also has extensive experience working within specialist Eating Disorder clinics within community CAMHS.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of the course delegates will:

• Recognise the possible signs of eating disorders and some of the reasons why children and young people may develop an eating disorder.
• Feel more confident in discussing eating disorders with young people and their families/ carers.
• Have an increased understanding of what treatment interventions are appropriate for eating disorders from both universal, targeted and specialist services.
• Be able to describe what services and resources are available locally to support young people who have an eating disorder.
Trainers Jacqui Hammond Wyatt / Jo Murray
Course categories Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Monday 22 July 201909:30 - 16:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL