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Self-Harm & Hidden Despair

How can we best support children & young people who self-harm & display other self-destructive behaviours

Do you work with children and young people? Join us for this thought provoking and informative conference which will provide you with a better understanding on self-harm & other self-destructive behaviours. Most importantly, you’ll gain tools and practical strategies to best support the children and young people you work with.

We’re delighted to welcome back David Taransaud as our keynote speaker, and we can guarantee that he will challenge your perceptions in this area with his insightful and heartfelt presentations. Joining David will be Danny Gemmell, who provides wonderful insight and personal perspective to this complex discussion. We do hope you will join us!!


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Martin has been Director of Barnardo’s Scotland for 17 years and has worked in the charity sector for over 30 years.

He has been a member of several boards including Edinburgh College, OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator), Evaluation Support Scotland and chaired the Scottish Government’s Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) Programme Board. He is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s National Trauma Transformation Programme Steering Group.

Martin initially trained as a geochemist and has worked for a trade union, the National Health Service and charities both big and small. He has recently completed a doctoral qualification focused on charity leadership and effectiveness.


David is a psychotherapeutic counsellor, consultant and trainer. with over 20 years’ experience working with challenging youth.

He is the author of,
 - You Think I’m Evil: practical strategies for working with rebellious and aggressive adolescents
 - I, Monster: positive ways of working with challenging teens through understanding the adolescent within us
 - The Rage for Life

As part of his work, he set up an art therapy service in an orphanage for former child soldiers and young people affected by conflict in Uganda.


Danny is the Founder of Be-inn Unity, a social enterprise that exists to inspire and educate communities so that individuals are empowered to thrive.

Danny and the team work closely with communities ranging from primary and high schools, local authorities, and national businesses, delivering a variety of initiatives that are informed by attachment theory, to build emotionally safe cultures that offer relationships founded in love, kindness and compassion.

Danny is passionate about removing the stigma associated with mental health and suicide prevention, driven from his own personal experiences.

Date Tuesday 26th March 2024
Time 0955 – 1545, Registration and refreshments from 9.15am
Venue Macdonald Crutherland House, East Kilbride
Fee £199 + vat

This conference is a “MUST” for all professionals working with vulnerable children and adults, including educators, social workers, youth workers, youth justice workers, police, nurses, counsellors, medical professionals, mental health practitioners, third sector, employers and all others interested are welcome to attend.

Get in touch with us on 0141 638 4098 to hear about our discount rate for group bookings of 5 or more!

We do hope you’ll join us!!

This conference is in partnership with Barnardo’s Scotland

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REGISTRATION TERMS & CONDITIONS 1. Once we have received your booking online, by telephone, email or in the post this constitues a firm booking. 2. Your registration constitues a legally binding agreement, payment must be received before the event. Any outstanding payment becomes the responsibility of the named delegate attending. 3. Cancellations must be made in writing. A refund less an administration charge of £25 will be given to cancellations received 2 months before the event start date. After this date the full fee is payable, regardless if the delegate attends on the day or not. Substitutions can be made, if we are notified up to 3 days before the event. 4. The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers and venue as required. 5. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the event we will issue a refund for the registration fee. 6. We are not responsible for any other costs incurred. Please read our full terms and conditions and privacy policy.