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  • HeadStart heads up briefing 7: Mental health problems and subjective wellbeing: are they influenced by the same things?

    In this study, we focused on mental health problems and subjective wellbeing, which were measured in Year 8. We measured mental health problems with the emotional and behavioural difficulties subscales of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (2022).

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  • HeadStart heads up briefing 6: Targeted interventions in HeadStart: how do HeadStart partnerships support the mental health of young people, and do they reach those in need?

    In this briefing, we aim to illustrate the range of targeted interventions offered by six local authority led partnerships through the HeadStart programme. We also investigate whether these interventions reached young people with higher needs in terms of their mental health and wellbeing (2022).

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  • HeadStart heads up briefing 5: Gender differences, improving support, and talking about mental health: learning from the 2020 HeadStart conference

    This briefing draws on table discussions at the HeadStart Learning 2020 conference, which took place in February 2020. The event was a collaboration between the HeadStart Learning Team and The National Lottery Community Fund, with substantial input from young people involved in HeadStart from across the six partnerships (2020).

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  • HeadStart heads up briefing 4: Young people's perspectives on social support and coping strategies (a COVID-19-relevant output)

    We give an overview of the types of activities and strategies that young people described using and finding helpful in relation to dealing with difficult feelings and situations. The briefing draws on interviews with young people across three years (2020).

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  • HeadStart heads up briefing 3: How are systems change and sustainability being approached in HeadStart?

    Eight interviews relating to perceptions of sustainability and systems change were conducted with representatives from the six HeadStart partnerships, the HeadStart Learning Team, and The National Lottery Community Fund (2019).

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  • HeadStart heads up briefing 2: What are local HeadStart partnerships doing to support the mental health of children and young people aged 10 to 16?

    Five types of interventions for young people that have been put in place by HeadStart partnerships are outlined in this briefing. They may be a useful way of considering other community interventions being trialled to compare across initiatives (2019).

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  • HeadStart heads up briefing 1: What are HeadStart interventions focusing on to improve mental health in 10 to 16-year-olds?

    In this first briefing, we look at data on which protective factors and outcomes the six HeadStart partnerships are focusing on (2019).

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  • Case study 2: Reporting on young people's progress on intervention: Developing an intervention outcome report

    Headstart Newham provide school and community based interventions for young people with emerging mental health needs. The service collects pre and post intervention surveys to measure young people’s self-rated mental health as well as key risk and protective factors for mental health outcomes. HeadStart Newham worked to develop a user friendly report for schools and community providers to see the progress of their young people following interventions (2019).

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  • Examining concurrent validity and item selection of the Session Wants and Needs Outcome Measure (SWAN-OM) in a children and young people web-based therapy service

    We recently collaborated with CORC members, Kooth, to explore the validation of their newly developed measure to track change in single session therapies (SWAN-OM). The findings from the first part of our validation study have just been published. This includes our findings related to patterns in item selection, correlations with other measures and our suggestions of amendments to the measure. Authors: De Ossorno Garcia, S., Edbrooke-Childs, J. H., Salhi, L., Ruby, F. J., Sefi, A., & Jacob, J. (2023).

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