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  • Staff perspectives on HeadStart delivery

    This briefing summarises learning from the first year of the HeadStart programme, drawing on research interviews conducted with staff members at each partnership as part of the qualitative evaluation of HeadStart led by the Learning Team in the EBPU. Author: Stapley, E. (2017).

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  • HeadStart evidence briefing 14: Youth participation: models used to understand young people’s participation in school and community programmes

    This briefing will direct attention to different models of participation that currently exist within various systems of care and support. It is important to note that while many more participation models exist, the focus of this briefing is on those that make a clear distinction between categories of involvement and differentiate between the roles of providers and service users within their models. Authors: Dolaty, S., Tait, N., Brunskill, H. (2022).

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  • HeadStart evidence briefing 13: Young people’s experiences of HeadStart: 2017–2021

    The HeadStart Learning Team has conducted interviews with the same group of young people each year over the course of HeadStart. The interviews are about young people’s experiences of coping and receiving support (from the HeadStart programme and other professional or social sources) for difficult situations and feelings in life. Authors: Stapley, E., O'Neill, A., Demkowicz, I., Eisenstadt, M., Nicoll, C., Deighton, J. (2022).

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  • HeadStart evidence briefing 12: Changes in perceived social support during early adolescence

    Briefing drawing on pre-pandemic quantitative survey data, looking at the association between supportive relationships at school and mental health and well-being (most of our other coronavirus-related resources have focused on support from partnerships or families). Authors: Bear, H., Yoon, Y., Stock, S. Garland, L., Deighton, J. (2021).

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  • HeadStart evidence briefing 11: Does a brief, school-based intervention aimed at building resilience help children with emerging mental health difficulties?

    Summative evidence briefing on the Bounce Back intervention, delivered in HeadStart Newham. Looking at promising impact of the intervention. Authors: Humphrey, N., Panayiotou, M. (2021).

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  • HeadStart evidence briefing 10: Delivery of the HeadStart programme during the coronavirus pandemic: HeadStart staff perspectives

    The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of staff members working at the HeadStart partnerships on HeadStart delivery during the pandemic. Authors: Stapley, E., Stock, S., O'Neill, A., Deighton, J. (2021).

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  • HeadStart evidence briefing 8: Does cross-age peer mentoring help young people with emerging mental health difficulties?

    This study aimed to evaluate More than Mentors (MtM), which is a targeted intervention run in schools by HeadStart Newham. Authors: Panayiotou, M., Ville, E., Poole, L., Gill, V., Humphrey, N. (2020).

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  • HeadStart evidence briefing 7: The mental health and wellbeing of adolescent boys and girls

    In this report, we aimed to a) establish whether mental health problems in young people are increasing, decreasing or staying the same over time; b) see whether there are any emerging developmental changes in mental health problems and subjective wellbeing during this period; c) explore any gender differences in the mental health problems and subjective wellbeing. Authors: Deighton, J., Yoon,Y., Garland, L. (2020).

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  • HeadStart evidence briefing 6: Shining a light on risk and protective factors: young people’s experiences

    This briefing reports the findings from two qualitative studies conducted as part of the HeadStart Learning Programme (national evaluation). Authors: Stapley, E., Eisenstadt, M., Demkowicz, O., Garland, L., Stock, S., Deighton, J. (2020).

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