Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
26/09/2017
Date assigned
03/10/2017
Last edited
03/10/2017
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
It is estimated that mental health problems impact one in ten children and young people. Research suggests that poor mental health is strongly related to other health and development concerns such as lower academic achievement, poor peer and school relationships, and lower well-being. Good mental health and social and emotional wellbeing gives young people the opportunity to develop resilience skills to cope with behavioural and mental health problems. Therefore, research is needed to develop cost-effective and feasible interventions for the promotion of wellbeing in young people. The current study aims to assess the effectiveness of the Team Social Action (TSA) intervention programme. TSA aims to support young people to foster interests, highlight achievements, develop life skills, understand their place in the world, and take on responsibilities, as well as increase connectedness to peers, school and/or the community. The current study will recruit about 300 secondary school pupils from Newham to examine whether TSA improves young people's wellbeing, peer relationships, and school connectedness.

Who can participate?
Pupils currently in Year 8 or Year 9 at a secondary school working in partnership with HeadStart Newham that is implementing TSA. Young people identified as having an emerging mental health difficulty by a professional or themselves.

What does the study involve?
Pupils are randomly allocated into one of two groups. Those in the first group participate in TSA during the first school term. During this time, those in the second group do not participate in any interventions. After the first group complete their participation, both groups complete online questionnaires that measure wellbeing, peer relationships, and school connectedness. After this, the second group go on to participate in TSA. The study lasts for one academic year.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Some pupils might find taking part in this study an interesting experience. Information obtained from this study may help us to understand more about what helps to increase young people’s wellbeing, inform future research, and help to improve services for young people. There are no known disadvantages to taking part.

Where is the study run from?
London Borough of Newham, Children and Young People’s Services (UK)

When is study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
May 2017 to September 2018

Who is funding the study?
Big Lottery Fund (UK)

Who is the main contact?
1. Prof. Neil Humphrey (scientific)
Neil.humphrey@manchester.ac.uk
2. Ms Valdeep Gill (public)
Valdeep.Gill@newham.gov.uk

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Neil Humphrey

ORCID ID

Contact details

University of Manchester
Manchester Institute of Education
Ellen Wilkinson Building
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL
United Kingdom
+44 (0)161 275 3404
neil.humphrey@manchester.ac.uk

Type

Public

Additional contact

Mrs Valdeep Gill

ORCID ID

Contact details

London Borough of Newham
Children and Young People’s Services
East Ham Town Hall
328 Barking Road
London
E6 2RP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 3373 4559
Valdeep.Gill@newham.gov.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Improvement of well-being, peer relationships, and school connectedness through Team Social Action in secondary school students: a waitlist randomized controlled trial

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The principal questions of the current study are:
RQ1. What is the impact of Team Social Action intervention on young people’s self-reported mental well-being (SWEMWBS)?
RQ2. What is the impact of Team Social Action intervention on young people’s self-reported school connection (SRS-School Connection)?
RQ3. What is the impact of Team Social Action intervention on young people’s self-reported peer support (SRS-Peer Support)?

Ethics approval

UCL Research Ethics Committee, 27/09/2017, ref: 3562/003

Study design

Wait-list randomized controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Schools

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Wellbeing, peer relationships, and school connectedness

Intervention

A sample of approximately 300 pupils from 14 secondary schools in Newham will randomly be allocated into one of two groups, which will be balanced on year group (Year 8/Year 9) and gender (male/female):
1. Participate in Team Social Action (TSA) during the 2017 Autumn term
2. Be part of a waitlist comparison group who will participate in TSA in 2018 Spring term

Dose: Weekly facilitated group activities
Duration: One school term (10-12 weeks)
How it is administered: Young people work as a group to identify a volunteering/social action project with school and or/community components and are supported to co-develop and complete said project. Up to 3 one-to-one sessions take place, with youth practitioners supporting students to reflect on their learning. The intervention is facilitated by trained youth practitioners.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

Wellbeing, measured using the Short Warwick Edinburgh Measure of Wellbeing (SWEMWBS) after the intervention group complete TSA but before the waitlist control group begin their participation (February-March 2018)

Secondary outcome measures

Peer relationships and school connectedness, measured using the Student Resilience Survey (SRS) after the intervention group complete TSA but before the waitlist control group begin their participation (February-March 2018)

Overall trial start date

25/05/2017

Overall trial end date

30/09/2018

Reason abandoned (if study stopped)

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Young people attending secondary schools in Newham that implement the TSA intervention
2. Young people in Years 8 and 9
3. Young people with an emerging mental health difficulty as identified by a professional (such as a teacher) or them self. 1:1 screening between young person and youth practitioner to determine level of difficultly and willingness to take part in TSA

Participant type

Other

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

300

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Young people from schools that do not implement the TSA intervention
2. Young people from Years 7, 10, 11, 12
3. Young people that have returned a parental opt-out
4. Young people currently under care of CAMHS

Recruitment start date

16/10/2017

Recruitment end date

20/10/2017

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

London Borough of Newham Children and Young People’s Services
East Ham Town Hall 328 Barking Road
London
E6 2RP
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Manchester, Manchester Institute of Education

Sponsor details

Ellen Wilkinson Building
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL
United Kingdom
+44 (0)161 275 3404
neil.humphrey@manchester.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

Organisation

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Sponsor details

Jordan House
47 Brunswick Place
London
N1 6EB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7443 2218
jessica.deighton@annafreud.org

Sponsor type

Charity

Website

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

Big Lottery Fund

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

private sector organisation

Funding Body Subtype

other non-profit

Location

United Kingdom

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Planned publication in a high-impact peer reviewed journal sometime in early 2019 (February-March).

IPD sharing statement
The data will not be made available because it is subject to a data sharing agreement with the host local authority (Newham) and funder (Big Lottery Fund) that does not include it being made available publicly. The data will be held at the University of Manchester.

Intention to publish date

01/03/2019

Participant level data

Not expected to be available

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes