Our Spring Seminars aim to bring you the latest learning from CORC members and our partners and collaborators. In previous years, we began to discuss with attendees what research can tell us about whether children and young people are being helped by mental health services and how we respond and define outcome data. This year, we continued on this journey with you by providing opportunities to hear about innovative practice, recent research and CORC member data and to consider how this might apply in your own setting. 

The seminars are open to mental health and education professionals, service leads, young people and parents and anyone else interested in innovative research and dissemination practices in child and youth mental health.


1st CORC Spring Seminar: Promoting equality and diversity in feedback and outcome measures for children and young people with learning disabilities

12th May 2021

Presented by CORC Programme Manager – Nick Tait and Dr Rowena Rossiter, Tizard Centre, University of Kent

We shared findings of recent research into current practice and provided recommendations for which outcome measures to use with children and young people with learning disabilities. We also provided attendees with some good practice examples and case study evidence from various services working with children and young people, especially those with severe or multiple and profound learning disabilities. Attendees had the opportunity to share and reflect upon their own practice regarding what works well and how to integrate good practice going forward. 

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2nd CORC Spring Seminar: The implications of differences in improvement rates for different mental health outcome measures: what should influence the choice of measurement tools?

19th May 2021

Presented by CORC Research Lead - Dr Jenna Jacob and Barbara Hills, CAMHS Quality Facilitator at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership

CORC Research Lead - Dr Jenna Jacob and Barbara Hills, CAMHS Quality Facilitator at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, shared findings from recent analysis of the CORC data set, which highlights how the amount of change seen in outcome varies across different measurement tools. Attendees heard about the journey of CORC member service Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership in determining which measurement tools were a fit for their service and for the children and young people using their service. The session was very interactive and opened up discussions with participants about what factors are important in the decision making process when choosing and using outcome measures; and what happens if consistent and/or common outcome measures are implemented in your service? 

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3rd CORC Spring Seminar: Engaging young people to improve their experiences of outcome measurement

26th May 2021

Presented by CORC Youth Engagement Officer Rachel Piper and Young Champions from the Anna Freud Centre

The 3rd CORC Spring Seminar was for anyone who wanted to learn more about listening to young people’s experiences of mental health service outcome measures. We talked about new perspectives and tools to build into an action plan. Young people’s feedback is invaluable in improving the interaction and quality of information from outcome measures. We share a summary of the discussion soon. In the meantime you can look through the presentation slides. 

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Improving communication between service users and services - presenting co-developed video with Young Champions from the Anna Freud Centre

Practitioners in mental health often use questionnaires to understand more about different aspects of young people's mental health, to measure problems or strengths, or to track how they change over time. How do young people relate to filling in outcome questionnaires? In this video project some of the mental health practitioners in CORC member services and Young Champions from the Anna Freud Centre have shared their views.

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