Children and young people’s social prescribing: new evidence review

This review has been published by the National Academy for Social Prescribing. The overview says:

“We have published a new evidence review about social prescribing for children and young people, alongside the results of a survey with professionals. 

Social prescribing can support people of all ages, but there has historically been a greater emphasis on working with adults. However, there are a rapidly growing number of services across the country focused specifically on children and young people.

While there is limited published research on children and young people’s social prescribing to date, the new review, commissioned by NHS England and carried out by our academic partners, suggests that: 

  • There is emerging evidence around the benefits of social prescribing for young people, particularly for those aged over 17, on personal and mental wellbeing, including loneliness. 
  • There is preliminary evidence to suggest there is a potential favourable return on investment.  
  • While social prescribing can be of benefit to children and young people, barriers remain, particularly around interagency working, information sharing and incorporating multiple perspectives.  

Alongside the review, we carried out a snapshot survey with professionals involved in children and young people’s social prescribing, including link workers, providers and commissioners. It found that: 

  • Services for children and young people are being delivered through both specialist children and young people’s services and all age services. 
  • Most services were working with 12–18-year-olds. Link workers reported feeling feel less confident working with younger people and families.
  • A broad range of venues are being used for social prescribing, with the majority reporting delivery happening in schools and community settings.  
  • Voluntary sector, primary care and local authority stakeholders were equally represented in these services, but Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, education, and legal/welfare services were less well represented …”

You can read more – and read/download the evidence review, briefing and survey findings – from here

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