• Mapping and gapping services for children, young people and families in Blacon

      Ward, Fiona; Goldthorpe, Joanna; Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; Perry, Catherine; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-01-01)
      This research report provides a map of the services available to children and families in Blacon and explores whether there are any gaps in provision.
    • Parents as sex and relationship educators: A local evaluation of Speakeasy 4 Parents

      Perry, Catherine; Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-06)
      This was a small scale-study designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Speakeasy 4 Parents course in improving participants’ knowledge, skills and confidence to communicate and discuss sex and relationship issues with their children. A predominantly qualitative approach was adopted. There is evidence in this study that the Speakeasy 4 Parents courses run at Children’s Centres in Cheshire have been effective, from the perspectives of parents attending the courses and professionals facilitating them.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion

      Ward, Fiona; Collier, Kevan; Thurston, Miranda (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2007-06-01)
      This project report discusses the development and delivery of the RESPECT project, a personal development programme run by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service for young people in Cheshire who are at risk of social exclusion.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Final Report

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Alford, Simon; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-10)
      The RESPECT programme was funded for three years from the Government’s Invest to Save initiative. It brought together a number of elements of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s earlier work with young people in a concerted attempt to tackle wider challenges pertinent to the fire services and partner agencies. RESPECT was a targeted intervention for young people living in Cheshire, Halton and Warrington who were aged 11 to 16 years and who were disaffected and/or displayed antisocial behaviour.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Option One impact report

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Collier, Kevan; University of Chester, Centre for Public Health Research (University of Chester, 2008-04)
      A three year evaluation was built into the RESPECT bid in order that the individual, community and societal benefits of the programme could be quantified and evidenced. This report is part of the outcomes evaluation. Its focus is to explore and evidence the short and medium term impact of the Option One courses upon the young people who were allocated places during 2007.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Option Two Impact report

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2008-09-01)
      This report discusses RESPECT - an scheme funded for three years by the government's Invest to Save initiative which offers targeted intervention for 11 to 16 year olds who are disaffected and/or displaying anti-social behaviour with the aim of re-motivating them. The impact of option two (led by Youth Federation) on programme attendees between May 2007 and April 2008 was evaluated and key findings are listed.
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion - Phase Two evaluation report

      Ward, Fiona; Collier, Kevan; Thurston, Miranda (University of Chester, 2008-01-01)
    • RESPECT: A personal development programme for young people at risk of social exclusion. Option One - Social Return on Investment

      Ward, Fiona; Thurston, Miranda; Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester (University of Chester, 2009-11)
      This research report evaluates the RESPECT programme, which targeted 11-16 year olds who displayed anti-socal behaviour.
    • Sure Start Blacon reach report, April 2004 - March 2005

      Ward, Fiona; Alford, Simon; Thurston, Miranda; Pearson, Charlotte (Centre for Public Health Research, University of Chester, 2006-03)
      This project report discusses Sure Start computerised records (covering personal details of all registrations within the Sure Start programme and records of each serivce and which service users have accessed them) which allow the 'reach' of the local programme across Blacon to be established between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2005.
    • Understanding the impact of the Cheshire Children’s Fund: Findings from 11 family case studies

      Ward, Fiona; Powell, Katie; Thurston, Miranda (University of Chester, 2007-12)
      The Children’s Fund was created in 2000 as part of the Government’s commitment to tackle disadvantage amongst children and young people. The aim of the Fund was to facilitate the development of more extensive and better co-ordinated early intervention services for children and young people aged 5 to 13 years who were at risk of social exclusion. Cheshire Children’s Fund, the local response to this national initiative, is guided by the Children’s Fund Partnership which is made up of representatives from local voluntary and statutory organisations. The aim of this research was to explore the impact of a number of projects which had received funding from the Cheshire Children’s Fund, specifically to learn how these projects had worked with children and families where there had been a positive outcome. The objectives of the research were to identify, for each child or family, the reasons for the provision of a service, the type of service that had been provided, and the impact that it had had on their lives. The research explored the factors that enabled a positive outcome for each family: the similarities and differences between the cases were also examined to determine whether any contributing factors were present across the services. The 11 projects were selected to cover a range of themes to reflect the breadth of the Children’s Fund work in Cheshire. They provided a range of services under the headings of crime prevention, promoting inclusion, success in schools and family support.
    • Use and experiences of front-line health services amongst Black and Minority Ethnic residents of Western Cheshire

      Ward, Fiona; Powell, Katie; Thurston, Miranda; Cleary, Paul; University of Chester; Western Cheshire PCT (University of Chester, 2008-06)
      This small-scale study was designed to explore the use and experiences of front-line health services within the Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust area amongst residents belonging to black and minority ethnic groups. A qualitative approach was adopted for the study as the aim was to explore perceptions and capture experiences.