Coproducing a psychosocial intervention with young people transitioning from adolescent secure hospitals to adult services in England: Moving Forward intervention

Coproducing a psychosocial intervention with young people transitioning from adolescent secure hospitals to adult services in England: Moving Forward intervention

Coproducing a psychosocial intervention with young people transitioning from adolescent secure hospitals to adult services in England: Moving Forward intervention

Individual presentation41Maria Livanou, Kingston University, United Kingdom

Room 4AThu 14:00 - 15:30

Background:
Young people transitioning from secure adolescent services to adult care present with multiple and complex needs which often remain unmet during transition periods.

Aims:
This paper delineates the process of developing and coproducing the Moving Forward intervention (MFi) with “hard to reach groups” which aims to address the psychosocial needs of transitioning youth who have been systematically excluded from service and research development.

Methods:
Advisory Groups were conducted virtually during Covid-19 to design the MFi module content with 17 keyworkers, two parents and 13 young people aged 17-18 years across six adolescent secure hospitals in England. The intervention was informed by literature-driven themes and coproduced topics such as mentoring support, complex mental health needs, and attachment difficulties. Thematic analysis was used to reflect on the fieldnotes discussed during the Advisory Groups.

Results:
Three overarching themes pertinent to expectations in adult services, improving communication gaps between services and facilitating the letting go period emerged from the Advisory Groups. It was suggested the MFi is co-delivered by a peer with lived experience to build trust and create hopefulness amongst young people. The importance of promoting graded transitions through standardised procedures such as the proposed intervention was highlighted.

Conclusions:
The current findings promote evidence-base initiatives and build robust practice frameworks that inform treatment and policy guidelines. The young people, parents and keyworkers found the MFi supportive and valued the co-production experience. As such, reducing service inequalities especially in forensic settings should be prioritised by using the reflective tool of co-production and open responses.
Co-authors: Marcus Bull, Ifigeneia Manitsa, Rebecca Lane, Anya Heneghan

Neurobiological & - psychological intervention studies
adolescent secure services, co-production, intervention, transition
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