EBPU Projects

For completed EBPU projects please click here.

BOND (Better Outcomes New Delivery)

This was a collaborative project led by YoungMinds which ran for two years, beginning September 2011. The aim of this programme was to build up the capacity of Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations (VCSOs) in delivering early intervention mental health support for children and young people.

CAMHSweb (IncludeME!)

The Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) is leading a three year Department of Health funded project to develop and implement an interactive, online portal to help improve engagement with children and young people accessing mental health services. Aimed at a broad range of services, whether based in a clinic, school or the community, this online portal is aimed at helping clinicians work more collaboratively with 10-14 year olds, drawing on the principles of Shared Decision Making.

Using the latest digital technology, children and young people will be empowered through the portal to become more active participants in their care by allowing them to personalise their treatment packages, help make informed decisions about their treatment, communicate their needs and preferences, and allow them to jointly review with therapists their progress and goals. 

The EBPU will be working with software developers SilverCloudHealth to develop the portal, which will be refined over a phased roll-out and will incorporate feedback from services throughout all stages.

The project will be drawing on the knowledge and findings from other projects being undertaken at the EBPU, including Closing the Gap and My CAMHS Choices.

If you’d like to find out more about the CAMHSweb project please email:


Child Policy Research Unit

This unit, commissioned by DH, launched in January 2011. Its role is to provide advice to policy makers to help ensure evidence based policy making in relation to child health in general. The EBPU leads the mental health strand of work within this unit. The unit is led by Professor Terence Stephenson and includes colleagues across the Institute for Child Health and allied organisations.

Hearing Voices

Hearing Voices is a project evaluating the London Voice Collective, a service which provides advice, support and workshops/groups for young people who hear voices. The aim of the evaluation is to try to work out what aspects of the service are working well, and how we can improve it.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies IAPT

The EBPU is part of the expert reference group for the IAPT initiative and has been asked to lead the group looking at best means of evaluation and data collection. Please go to the IAPT website for more information.

My CAMHS Choices (Informed Choice)


Working in close partnership with young people with experience of service use, the project has developed an innovative web based resource called “My CAMHS Choices.” This resource provides footage and written information to help young people and their families consider what going to CAMHS involves. All materials have been developed in direct collaboration with young people with experience of service use and clinicians working directly with young people and their families. The website is now live and available to use. If you have experience of CAMHS and would like upload your own footage of your experiences, please have a look at the website for details.

To view the website, please go to: http://mycamhschoices.org/

Payment Sistems (PbR)

This project is looking at how children with emotional, behavioural and wider difficulties are being supported and how much these kinds of support might cost so that the right amount of funding is provided for children with such problems. EBPU is one of the partner agencies (along with the Tavistock and South London and Maudsley Trust) to provide a project team to develop ideas as to the best way to take forward PbR in CAMHS.  PbR involves developing systems for categorising CAMHS processes and outcomes to aid the development of payment systems.

For more information about the project please go to www.pbrcamhs.org

Provision of Data Collation, Cleaning and Analysis Services for Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (CYP-IAPT)

In collaboration with the CAMHS Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) and Meganexus.

Whats Up! (IncludeME! for Schools)

‘What’s Up’ is a DfE funded web portal to support and engage 11-16 year olds in self-help and self-management of emotional and behavioural issues. It contains age-appropriate resources and links to other recommended websites and sources of information. For professionals providing support on a 1-1 basis (e.g. SENCOs and youth support workers), the interactive functions of the portal will facilitate communication and shared decision making (e.g. when goal-setting or action planning). Our aim is that the support provided by the web portal will have a positive impact on young people’s emotional and behavioural well-being and consequently improve school attendance and attainment.

If you would like to find out more about the What's Up web portal please email:


Youth Well-being Directory

with ACE-V Quality Standards

The Youth Well-being Directory with ACE-V Quality Standards grew out of the BOND project. It is an online tool for service providers and commissioners. The overarching aims of this directory and quality assessment tool are to guide and facilitate funders’ decision-making and to provide templates to enable providers to self-report good service provision and innovation across a range of contexts (statutory services, non-statutory voluntary sector organisations and private companies). This national directory will give details of services aiming to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people up to the age of 25 as well as providing services and funders the opportunity to consider services against key quality criteria.

The registration for the directory and self-assessment is now open. For the registration form and to learn about the Early Bird offer, please email: