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The Herts and Minds Study

  • Summary

    Herts and Minds is a feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT), which aims to test the effectiveness of an adaptation of Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) to work with children in foster care and their carers. The backdrop to the study is that approximately 60,000 children/young people are in foster care in England where over 50% are in care as due to abuse and neglect. Research indicates that as a result a large number of these children and young people present with emotional and behavioural difficulties. However, the most effective treatment for this group is currently unknown.

    The study is currently recruiting children between 5 and 16 years of age who are in foster care and have been offered treatment within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Hertfordshire. Children as well as their foster carers will be randomly allocated to receive the usual clinical care that the CAMHS team currently offer, or MBT. The research team aim to recruit 42 children and their foster families over a 12 month period.


    Please see the following link for the study lay summary


  • Project team


    Herts and Minds is funded through the Research for Patient Benefit Programme, part of the NIHR Long Term Conditions in Children and Young People Themed Call.

    Principal Investigator:

    Nick Midgley

    Research project team:

    Dr David Wellsted, Prof Pasco Fearon, Solange Wyatt, Sally Wood, Dr Sarah Jane Besser (Trial Manager), Dr Kiri Jefferies-Sewell and Dr Karen Irvine


    The University of Hertfordshire