CORC has over a decade of experience in measuring the progress and impact of treatment for children and young people with mental health and wellbeing difficulties. We want to make sure that children and young people receive effective support and services to achieve the best possible outcomes in life.
We do this by working with staff from schools, colleges, and mental health and youth organisations, encouraging and supporting them to:
- Use evidence, and especially to learn from outcome and feedback measures (see below)
- Have honest conversations with young people about treatment outcomes
- Take a broader perspective about what mental health care could look like.
What are outcome and feedback measures in child and youth mental health?
Outcome measures are tools that can measure aspects of someone’s mental health and wellbeing, for example how they feel or are managing. They are usually questionnaires, filled in by a child or young person themselves, by a parent or peer, by a professional like a clinician or teacher.
Feedback measures are usually questionnaires that ask for information about children and young people’s experience. This might be their experience of service in general, or an individual session.
In a nutshell, outcome measures:
Help you and your therapist to better understand your situation.
Allow you to share your experience during treatment.
Let someone know how much the support you are receiving is helping.
Enable changes to your support and treatment.
Help improve services for others.
CORC published a great set of resources for and about young people that provide an overview on the below questions:
|What constitutes a good outcome in young people’s mental health?||Blog about what a 'good' outcome is in child mental health.|
|What do we know about how much ‘better’ young people are after getting help?||Short summary of our research about how much young people with mental health difficulties get better when they receive treatment.|
|What do young people say about our CORC findings on the use of outcome measures?||This blog is a response from children and young people to the CORC report and what it means to them.|
|What can you expect from your mental health service?||Guidance for children and young people attending children and young people’s mental health services.|
|How should practitioners embed the use of outcome measures and feedback tools?||Guidance for practitioners working with children and young people around their emotional health and mental wellbeing.|
|What do young people and their families think of outcome measures?||Case Study - Leeds CAMHS conducted a survey to find out what people and their families think of outcomes measures.|
Have your say on outcome measures!
Are you a child or young person who has been seen in a children or youth mental health service? We want to know your views on the use of outcome measures in these services.
Outcome measures are questionnaires filled in by children, young people, their parents or carers, or professionals that measure change in difficulties. Questionnaires are not perfect ways to measure change, but they make sure that children, young people and their families can see how they are progressing and can help services be more effective.
NHS England asked the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) to find out which measures people are using and which they find useful.
We will use your answers to help the NHS ensure it has the best measures in place.
It takes less than 5 minutes to fill in and all answers will be anonymous.COMPLETE THE SURVEY NOW
Youth Wellbeing Directory
A free-to-use directory of local and national organisations offering mental health and wellbeing help and support to young people, plus useful information and resources. You can search by location, name of service or by issue. https://www.annafreud.org/youth-wellbeing/
Power Up and Power Up + aim to empower young people to take an active role in decision making, and promote agency and wellbeing. Power up is designed for 16-18 year olds and Power Up + is for 10-25 year olds with SEND needs. Both apps are currently being tested in schools and colleges.
Read the Power Up Case Study