Summary: An evaluation by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, of the KidsTime Southwark programme. The programme was delivered to 38 families in Southwark over three years, in partnership with Our Time and the London Borough of Southwark.
KidsTime is a series of friendly and interactive workshops to help families learn and talk about mental health. The workshops offer a preventative and supportive multi-family group and create a community for them as part of their workshops. KidsTime workshops are currently delivered in various boroughs in the UK, with the majority being in London.
The KidsTime Southwark evaluation project was conducted between June 2020 and December 2022 and aimed to cover how families and facilitators experience the delivery of KidsTime, how KidsTime was perceived to support families and how it could be improved.
There are two additional briefs below:
- Recommended facilitator characteristics and suggestions: summarises the suggested qualities that a KidsTime facilitator should possess, which were identified by the families within the programme and the current facilitators.
- Perceived advantages and challenges of a blended KidsTime approach: summarises the advantages and challenges of a blended approach, which consisted of a combination of online and in-person workshops.
Programmes for families, children and young people
Parental mental health problems, if untreated, can affect the long-term well-being of both parents and children.
A-Z Topic: Parenting and mental health
Being a parent with a mental illness can be hard. But with the right support, you can be a good parent while managing your mental health.
A-Z Topic: Children and young people
Mental health problems affect around one in six children. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder (a type of behavioural problem), and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Children and young people: statistics
We take a life-course approach to mental health because good mental health begins in infancy. 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.