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Children, young people & families

Many health outcomes for children and young people in the UK remain poor in comparison to international peers, with persistent socio-economic and ethnic inequalities in outcomes. Early life environments shape a child’s emotional, intellectual, behavioural and health development. Enabling children and young people to achieve their full potential and be physically and emotionally healthy provides the cornerstone for a healthy, productive adulthood.

The children, young people and families programme takes advantage of the rich mix of expertise and methods represented within the School including: child health, mental health, social care, economics, inequalities, behaviour change, policy, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, data linkage and systems mapping. Addressing inequalities is at the heart of this work, with a focus on action on the social determinants of child health; and how can we influence policy to improve child health. We are committed to making sure that children’s voices are heard and represented throughout.

Children, young people and families is a current NIHR SPHR research programme (2017-2022).

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Safeguarding children affected by parental substance misuse

This research project will look at parenting interventions which may be adapted for non-substance misusing parents and caregivers within families where one parent misuses substances.

April 2018 - September 2019

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Developing a new school-based digital intervention to prevent harmful alcohol use among young people aged 13-14 years

This research aims to carry out qualitative research to underpin the development of a new internet-based intervention to prevent alcohol use and related harms aimed at year 9 students.

January 2018 - April 2019

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Improving the health of students and staff at English academies

This project builds on previous research funded by SPHR and aims to provide an understanding of how researchers could work with multi-academy school chains and groups of free schools to implement health interventions.

February 2018 - January 2019

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DrinkThink: alcohol screening and brief intervention for young people in youth, social service and healthcare settings

This research aimed to investigate how DrinkThink, a specially designed alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) for young people, was being applied by staff who were trained in its delivery.

June 2014 - March 2017

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Breakthrough mentoring

This study explored how breakthrough mentoring, which carefully matches a young person with an adult mentor who has similar interests, could be used to improve young people's behaviour, health and wellbeing.

June 2013 - September 2015

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Young people – risky sexual behaviour and alcohol use

Researchers at SPHR aimed to identify what makes Sex Relationship Education (SRE) programmes effective, acceptable, sustainable and capable of being implemented.

October 2013 - September 2018

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Implementing evidence-based best practice criteria in sex and relationship education

Following the Government's announcement to make sex and relationship education compulsory in all secondary schools by 2020, the School is carrying out work to encourage policy makers to engage with its evidence-based best practice criteria, to ensure young people receive the same standard of sex and relationship education across the country.

1 May 2017 - 31 December 2017

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