Making change really happen: inspiration, ideas and information on how to make change in the services and systems we work in


Event type Live Stream

Online via Zoom.
09:30 - 15:15 UK time
Recordings are available for 28 days after the event.

Ideas, inspiration and information about how to create real change in your organisation regardless of the level they work at.

Ideas, inspiration, and information about how to create real change in your organisation regardless of the level you work at. A fantastic online event present by the ACAMH Sottish Branch providing up to date info about key change projects in Scotland including the Promise, Fox Grove inpatient unit, trauma-informed implementation and cross service collaborations.

About the event
Key takeaways
Who should attend
Prices and booking
About the speakers

About the event

Key takeaways

  • Fundamentals of implementation science
  • Learn what others have done to move to effect real change
  • Stories and examples illustrating how change has been made and what enabled this
  • Understand how an individual’s role can be part of effective change regardless of position
  • Reflect on how we can close the aspiration to achievement gap
  • Ideas and examples about to operationalise and embed principles into practice

Who should attend

Anyone working with children including CAMHS, Schools, Social Work, Care services, third sector and the NHS

Pricing and booking

  • EARLY BIRD OFFER for Members only – £20 for the first 50 booking!
  • Members after early bird £30
  • Non-members £40

Prices also include exclusive access to all lectures for up to 28 days. Plus all delegates receive an electronic CPD certificate.

To book simply click on this link or the button at the top of the page and fill in the details. ACAMH Members should sign in first to ensure that they get their discount.

If you are not an ACAMH Member now is a great time to join and make a saving on this event. Take a look at the different levels of membership on offer.

Remember ACAMH is a charity and any surplus made is reinvested back to the benefit of our members and the industry as a whole.


09:30 Introduction from ACAMH Scottish Branch Chair Dan Johnson
09:45 Melissa Van Dyke – International Expert Advisor On Implementation: Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection
10:15 Fiona Dyer – Director Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice
10:45 Break
11:00 Helen Smith – Clinical Director & Victoria McNulty Service Manager: New National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service for Scotland (NSAIS)
11:30 Claire Coleman – Lead L&D, Engagement and Evaluation: Police Scotland Mental Health Pathway
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Carol Burt-Wilson, MBE, – Project Manager and Founder of I Am Me Scotland
13:30 Ian Smith Lawyer of the year
14:00 Break
14:15 Closing thoughts

NB this programme is subject to change

About the speakers

Dr. Melissa Van Dyke
Dr. Melissa Van Dyke

I am International Expert Advisor on Implementation at Centre of Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS), University of Strathclyde. With key stakeholders, I support capacity building in improvement and implementation science for health, education, and social care. I support transfer of policy and legislation into real practice change across Scotland. I came to implementation after working in state government in the United States in the child welfare, children’s mental health, and juvenile justice systems. I have coordinated and led various organizational and statewide program implementation and system improvement initiatives. At the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), I provided implementation science expertise and led community, state, and federal initiatives to support effective practices in mental health, child welfare, education, criminal justice, and early childhood and provided leadership to build capacity of federal, state, and local partners for effective implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and policies.

Fiona Dyer
Fiona Dyer

As Director, Fiona leads CYCJ towards its ambition of ensuring that Scotland’s approach to children and young people in conflict with the law is rights-respecting, contributing to better outcomes for children, young people and communities. This involves supporting professionals from all disciplines who work with children and young people on the cusp of or involved in offending by promoting best practice based on up-to-date evidence and research. Before joining CYCJ Fiona was seconded to the Scottish Government youth justice team for three years, and prior to this worked for ten years as a social worker and social work manager within the fields of youth and criminal justice.

Iain Smith
Iain Smith

Iain H B Smith, LLB (Hons), Dip LP, NP (Partner). Iain specialises in Criminal Law, undertaking summary and solemn work in Livingston Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts as well as other courts across Scotland. He has been involved in a number of high profile High Court Trials. He also acts as a legal representative for a number of well known sports stars. He fights hard to protect people’s rights and passionately defends his clients. His career as a solicitor started in 1993 and 5 years later he formed Keegan Smith with Jim Keegan QC. Iain is actively involved in the creating a fairer criminal justice system and is the leading trauma informed lawyer in Scotland. He is a core group member of West Lothian Adverse Childhood Experiences Hub and a Trustee of the charity Aid & Abet, who try to assist people get out of the cycle of offending. Iain is also boldly asking all judges in Scotland to treat those appearing before the court with respect & dignity. Iain is the winner of Scottish Lawyer of the Year Legal Award 2020 and was runner up in the Herald Awards for Solicitor of the Year 2019.