Our work with Barnado's

The Mental Health Foundation Scotland, alongside the University of Strathclyde, have been appointed as the evaluation and learning partners for a programme of work, funded by Barnardo’s.

This piece of work addresses mental health and wellbeing in children and young people in three locations across the UK (North Tyneside, Renfrewshire, and South Eastern Trust, Northern Ireland).

Through this programme, Barnardo’s have the goal of redesigning services for children and young people and supporting the transformation of whole systems in local areas, primarily through encouraging new ways of working.

These include working collaboratively with a range of partners from health, education, local government, the third sector, and with children, young people, and families, in what Barnardo’s have called ‘strategic partnerships’.

The overall aim of this work is to transform systems to focus on early intervention and prevention so that the risk factors influencing children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing are minimised and their resilience maximised.

The first stages of our evaluation work will be speaking to those closely involved in the creation of the strategic partnerships to understand how those have been developed, what they aim to achieve in each of the local contexts, and how they have engaged with children, young people, and parents.

From there, we hope to engage more closely with children, young people, and families to help us design, conduct, and disseminate this evaluation work. Moreover, a large part of this work will involve closely engaging with those steering the strategic partnerships in order to ensure that the emerging findings of the evaluation inform practice.

This is an exciting piece of work which we hope will support positive changes in local systems working to support children and young people across the UK.

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