INcreasing AdolesCent social and community supporT (INACT)

National programme of work which aims to understand how schools and local community resources can work together to improve outcomes for pupils

Many young people are reporting low community connection and loneliness, which is affecting their mental health, wellbeing, academic attainment, and school attendance. INACT is trying to understand the types of social and community networks young people use, what factors affect this, how to best support young people who report having low social and community networks or feel lonely, and how supporting these pupils improves their outcomes. It is a collaboration between University College London, the University of Manchester, the National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Social Prescribing Youth Network and is funded by the Kavli Trust.

INACT is split into three phases:

Phase 1 (2024): working with 12 primary and secondary schools, educational professionals, community social prescribers, community resources and young people to develop pathways for young people to access community resources. This will involve 3 meetings over 6 months to develop (i) a community social prescribing pathway and (ii) a community signposting pathway.

Phase 2 (2024-2025): Identification of pupils who may benefit from social and community support and referral into the community signposting and community social prescribing pathways. Following pupils up to see how the support impacted them and what they thought of the support.

Phase 3 (2025-2027): Expansion of INACT to 30 primary and secondary schools and an evaluation looking at pupil and educational outcomes, as well as economic impact. Sharing findings with decision makers to try and secure long-term investment for the programme to spread to more schools.

If you work in a school and would like to find out more about participating in INACT, sign up here.

Schools will benefit from:

  • Tailored support to develop social pathways so that pupils can access local community support
  • Sustainable pathways which can continue to be used once INACT has ended
  • A personalised and comprehensive list of community resources in your local area
  • Tailored reports on pupil’s mental health and wellbeing
  • £500 for participation

Funder

Kavli Trust

Programme Area

Clinical trials and implementation science

Status

Ongoing

Co-Principal Investigators

Dr Dan Hayes
Prof Daisy Fancourt

Co-Investigators

Dr Alex Burton
Dr Feifei Bu

Partners

University of Manchester – Professor Pamela Qualter and Professor Neil Humphrey
National Academy for Social Prescribing
Social Prescribing Youth Network

Timescales

2024 – 2027

Key contact

d.hayes@ucl.ac.uk