University of Southampton looking for secondary nurture groups

21 June 2018 

 

The University of Southampton is looking to recruit secondary nurture groups in the south of England for a new research study. 

Current literature suggests a positive place for Nurture Groups within secondary schools in supporting young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Questions within research have arisen, however, in relation to the  generalisation of the skills developed within the Nurture Group to the wider school environment. With peer relationship experiences being a central context for development during adolescence, the main aim of this research is to explore the perceptions of young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties who attend Nurture Groups within mainstream secondary schools to better understand the impact Nurture Group attendance has on their peer relationships and sense of belonging. To help address a secondary research question concerning how Nurture Groups fit into the wider school, this study will also seek the perceptions of young people who do not themselves attend a Nurture Group.

This doctoral research project is looking to recruit secondary schools in the south of England who have existing Nurture Group provision which runs on Nurture Group principles and which is timetabled consistently. This is a qualitative study which will use individual interviews and focus groups to gather the views of young people.

If your school is interested in participating, please get in touch with the researcher, Karen O’Farrell (Trainee Educational Psychologist) via email K.J.O’Farrell@soton.ac.uk or phone 07986 731380. Further details can be sent out.