Within the UK, funding to public sector services has been severely cut and further cuts are expected over the next five years; as a result children’s services are re-focusing towards treatment services and reducing funding for prevention and early intervention. Rates of emotional and behavioural difficulties in children are high (1 in 10 experience a diagnosable mental health disorder; PHE, 2016) and children’s levels of wellbeing and life satisfaction (particularly that of girls) is worryingly low (Children’s Society, 2017). Against this backdrop, third sector organisations are experiencing higher levels of demand than ever before and are required to provide evidence of impact and value for money to funders and commissioners.
The York ESRC IAA funded project will support a partnership with Chance UK (CUK). CUK is a charity supporting children experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties that place them at risk of educational exclusion, anti-social and/or criminal behaviour in adolescence and early adult life. The project will focus on re-designing two existing CUK interventions: The Girls Programme (1:1 mentoring, 2-4 hours/week), and The Parent Programme (delivered 1:1).
The EVIDENCE 2 IMPACT project has 3 objectives: