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Improving young people's mental resilience and wellbeing: Learning from HeadStart

By HeadStart Learning Team, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Big Lottery Fund

11th January 2018

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Join us at the first in a series of events about new approaches to supporting young people’s mental wellbeing and resilience.

We’ll be sharing what we’ve learned from HeadStart, a National Lottery funded programme set up to give young people aged 10 to 16 the tools to overcome life’s challenges and prevent serious mental-health issues.

The event is aimed at professionals from commissioning, policy, delivery and research backgrounds.

It’s presented by Big Lottery Fund in collaboration with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. 

About HeadStart

HeadStart is a five-year National Lottery funded programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund.

Local authority led HeadStart partnerships in Blackpool, Cornwall, Hull, Kent, Newham and Wolverhampton are designing new approaches to providing support when and where it is needed, focusing on developing young people’s emotional resilience.

The Evidence Based Practice Unit at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL is working with Big Lottery Fund and the HeadStart partnerships to collect and evaluate evidence about what does and doesn’t work locally to benefit young people now and in the future.   

Partners working with the Evidence Based Practice Unit on this evaluation include the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), Common Room, London School of Economics and the University of Manchester.

Past event highlights

Workshop: Building resilience for children in low and middle income countries

By Evelyn Sharples, Panos Vostanis, UCL Collaborators and UCL Grand Challenges

Thursday 12th January 2017

Attended by academics and researchers from a wide variety of organisations and NGOs, the workshop was hugely successful in sharing and enhancing learning about what works in resilience-building interventions in low and middle income countries.

EBPU would like to thank UCL Grand Challenges for the opportunity to host this exciting and important workshop alongside UCL colleagues.

Watch Evelyn Sharples and Karolin Krause reflecting on the day below.

“So What?” Debate: Recovery* should never be used as an indicator of outcome in child mental health. A debate for and against between Peter Fonagy and Miranda Wolpert

By Professor Peter Fonagy and Professor Miranda Wolpert

Thursday 8th December 2016 

Abstract: The “So What?” seminar series aims to build the bridge between evidence and practice in child mental health by asking "So what does this mean for policy and practice?" in response to research findings, project outcomes, and the work of our collaborators.

The second CORC and EBPU “So What?” seminar featured a debate between Peter Fonagy and Miranda Wolpert on the use of recovery as an indicator of outcome in child mental health.

For the purposes of the debate, *recovery was understood as change in the severity of symptoms from above a given or clinical threshold before treatment, to below that threshold following treatment. This was considered to be the most appropriate definition for this discussion and aligned the debate with the findings of CORC's report on child and parent- reported outcomes from children and young people’s mental health services.

Following the presentation of arguments for and against, the debate was opened up to the audience for contributions to this very relevant and important discussion.

This debate was well attended by a mixture of mental health practitioners, service leads, researchers, commissioners, students and others.

Cross-disciplinary workshop on "What constitutes a good outcome in child and adolescent mental health?"

Wednesday 23 November 2016

The Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) joined forces with Oxford University's Faculty of Philosophy last week to host a cross-disciplinary workshop of key experts.

The aim of the workshop was to explore the best ways to theorise what constitutes a good outcome in child and adolescent mental health, and how this might be captured and measured by those supporting children’s mental health and well-being. Invited to join the working group was a mix of child mental health specialists, sociologists, psychologists, historians, psychometricians, philosophers and youth advocates who each presented their view on the question. 

You can watch Professor Miranda Wolpert, director of the EBPU, providing a summary of the workshop. 

Read about more past seminars and workshops.