The Children's Society, a leading charity for children and young people, have recently published a report investigating how happy our children are. Some of their key findings are as follows:

  • Young people's happiness is at its lowest since 2010

  • One million children (18%) have seven or more serious problems in their lives

  • Only 16% of children reported that they don't have problems

  • Funding for early help services alone is expected to be cut by 70% between 2010 and 2020. This will leave a £2 billion gap that will have a devastating impact on young people


The Children's Society, 2017

Read in full here: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/the-good-childhood-report 


Extensive research into the value of mentoring young people commissioned by The National Mentoring Partnership summarised their findings as follows:


  • Mentoring helps young people, especially at-risk youth, succeed in school, work, and life.

  • A strong research base supports the efficacy of quality mentoring, including a recent meta-analysis of more than 73 independent mentoring programs that found positive outcomes across social, emotional, behavioural, and academic areas of youth development.

  • Evidence to suggest that young people’s experience confirms this: youth with mentors are more likely to report engaging in positive behaviour


Full report available at:



With young people and children facing ever-increasing pressures and challenges, Evolve Intervention coaches aim to help them break these issues down and deal with them one at a time. The benefits of academic and/or emotion coaching are widely acknowledged; young people who have previously worked with Evolve coaches report the following:​

  • Increased confidence

  • Improved academic performance

  • Increased sense of well-being

  • Feeling comforted and cared for

  • Developed resilience

  • Felt empowered to make a change

  • Gained control of their emotions


As with mentoring, the benefits of engaging a child or young person in coaching can be demonstrated in improved behaviour, a more positive mindset and the ability to manage problems and challenges more effectively.  


The Collaborative Commissioning Forum for the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health of Children and Young People in Southend, Essex and Thurrock (Smith, 2016) published a report using data gathered from ChiMat which estimates the following:

  • 9.6% or nearly 22,420 children and young people aged between 5-16 years have a mental disorder

  • 7.7% or nearly 9,225 children and young people aged between 5-10 years have a mental disorder

  • 11.5% or approximately 13,205 children and young people aged between 11-16 have a mental disorder.

The report presented data from 2014 which suggests that as many as 57,285 children living in Essex were in need of early intervention. You can read this report here: https://www.essex.gov.uk/Documents/Full_version_Open_up_Reach_out_v17.pdf


Evolve Intervention professionals would suggest that through their experiences of working in schools across Essex this number is rising and with many local services being closed it is becoming increasingly worrying that so many children are left without any support. 


Through addressing presenting issues such as risky behaviours, healthy relationships, managing stress and building self esteem, the children and young people who engage in group work will have the opportunity to explore the challenges they face and be empowered to make positive changes.


The group dynamic is extremely important as participants can serve as a support to one another after the intervention comes to an end, as well as make use of the opportunity to meet new people and feel connected and understood. This is crucial for children who perhaps struggle socially or have feelings of being isolated.


Prior to Evolve Intervention our practitioners have worked extensively in schools providing this type of intervention; although the reasons for referral may vary greatly, the following outcomes have been achieved with the majority of participants who were referred for being a cause for concern in one or more of these areas:

  • Improved attendance 

  • Lower rates of bullying

  • Improved standards of behaviour and emotion regulation

  • Increased academic performance

  • Improved relationships with peers, family members and staff

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