The evaluation of the My View therapeutic intervention consists of three elements: a randomised controlled trial, an implementation and process evaluation, and a cost analysis.
The My View therapeutic intervention for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) is a specialist service for separated young people delivered by the British Refugee Council and evaluated by Ipsos MORI and CEI. This short-term intervention is designed to fill a gap in mental health provision and aims to stabilise and improve the psychological and emotional wellbeing of UASC. The therapeutic care model has been tailored to meet the unique cultural and experiential needs of the client group, including being trauma informed. Trained therapists will offer either one to one therapeutic interventions over 12 one-hour long sessions, group therapy, or crisis intervention. Therapeutic interventions will be supported by individual case work for each client, where relevant. For the purpose of the evaluation, the intervention period is 3 months.
The primary outcome measurement will be the YP-CORE, which will measure psychological distress at baseline and follow-up 3 months later. The secondary outcome measurement will be SWEMWBS, which will measure mental well being at the same time points as the YP-CORE.
My View will be delivered for 11 months between June 2021 and May 2022 in four physical locations (London, Kent, Birmingham, and Leeds), with one therapist operating remotely. In total, 280 UASC aged between 12-18 years will take part. The evaluation will take place from June 2021 to June 2022, with the final report due summer 2022.