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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 6: Evaluating a multi-disciplinary children’s referral service: HeadStart Kernow’s Bloom model

    In this case study we do not outline the findings of the evaluation work; these can be found by following the links at the end. Instead, this report outlines the challenges associated with an evaluation of Bloom, the process that HeadStart Kernow developed and implemented, and the key learning gained from undertaking this work (2022).

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  • Case Study 5: Making best use of pupil mental health and wellbeing data

    Cross-partnership case study looking at the ways schools have used WMF data to change their practice (2021).

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  • Case Study 4: Engaging children and young people meaningfully in evaluation and research: learning from HeadStart

    From a review of the diverse work to engage children and young people in evaluation that has taken place in the six HeadStart Partnerships, it has been possible to identify key challenges and practices that have helped overcome them (2020).

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  • Case study 3: Informing system and cultural change in emotional and mental health using the Wellbeing Measurement Framework survey results

    This case study looks at how HeadStart Kernow raised awareness of the WMF and began to embed the use of WMF data across the system. Challenges they encountered include limited awareness of WMF and its potential locally, and issues around the accessibility of the data (2019).

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