The ‘DEAL’ study – Developing Early identification and Access in Learning Environments
The ‘DEAL’ study – Developing Early identification and Access in Learning Environments, is a mixed methods feasibility study, helping primary schools find the best ways in which to go about the early identification of mental health issues in primary school children. The study speaks to the the national conversation around mental health in young people, hoping to provide an evidence-based approach for schools to identify problems early on, and helping to ensure that mental health issues do not escalate into teenage years and adulthood. Four schools have been recruited in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire to undertake qualitative interviews and quantitative questionnaire data with staff, parents, and commissioners. HERE is an information video about the study and its aims.