HeadStart conference

HeadStart aims to help build the emotional resilience of young people in the key 10-14 age group, before issues develop into more serious mental health problems in later life.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded funding to twelve local partnerships across England to equip young people to cope better with difficult circumstances.

The aim is to prevent them from experiencing common mental health problems before they become serious issues.

Local partnerships

YoungMinds are leading a consortium with boingboing/University of Brighton and Achievement for All to support and develop the twelve HeadStart local partnerships in their current delivery and future planning.

Using our expertise and experience, we will support and challenge the local partnerships to:

  • achieve positive change for young people and their families
  • strengthen their partnership working and delivery
  • develop bids for further investment in Stage three of HeadStart
  • develop sustainable whole system approaches to building resilience

Drawing on our learning and success about facilitating local system change through previous similar work, facilitating joint planning and commissioning and our knowledge and understanding of building resilience, our consortium will effectively support the local partnerships' development.

Our partners complement YoungMinds expertise and commitment to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. Professor Angie Hart brings an in depth knowledge of resilience theory and practice (boingboing/University Brighton) and Achievement for All has strong relationships and understanding of working with schools.

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HeadStart Evaluation

Alongside our work with the local partnerships is the HeadStart Evaluation.  

This is collaboration between the Evidence Based Practice Unit at the Anna Freud Centre and University College London, the University of Manchester and Common Room Consulting, drawing on additional economists at the Office of Public Management and site liaison expertise from a seconded Partner from Reos Partners. The evaluation aims to look at the different ways the twelve local partnerships are working and see how this might be helping children and young people in each area.

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