Meeting us where we're at: learning from INTEGRATE's work with excluded young people

Centre for Mental Health
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This briefing summarises findings of an evaluation of three projects developed by MAC-UK which worked with excluded and vulnerable young people, including those in contact with the criminal justice system. The projects - Music & Change, Positive Punch, and RO|OЯ - use the INTEGRATE approach, which engages with young people through co-designing and co-delivering projects, and by securing referrals through peers. The approach aims to wrap holistic support, including mental health and emotional wellbeing provision, around excluded young people. The evaluation looked at the impact of the projects on young people in terms of improving mental wellbeing; increasing social integration and help seeking; and reducing risk of offending and antisocial behaviour. It also examined whether the project had a wider impact on the community and whether it was successful in creating wider social change such as transforming services. The results found that all three projects were: successful in engaging groups of marginalised young people at risk of offending; increased mental health awareness and reduced stigma; and were successful in bringing young people into education, employment and training. The briefing also highlights wider recommendations to young people's services, including the value of peer team members and an emphasis on co-production. (Edited publisher abstract)

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young people, co-production, mental health problems, social exclusion, evaluation, social inclusion, anti-social behaviour, young offenders, intervention, peer support, models;
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