Partnership with WWCSC (What Works for Early Intervention & Children’s Social Care)

What is this project?

McPin is partnering with What Works for Early Intervention & Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) on two evaluation projects – the Care Leaver Mental Health project and the Staying Close project.

McPin is training, recruiting, and facilitating peer researchers with similar lived experiences to conduct interviews with participants in both projects.

Why is this research important?

Care leavers are more likely to experience poor mental health than their peers. This may result from the abusive, neglectful, or traumatic experiences that led them to enter care. It may also be compounded by the instability of the care environment.

WWCSC is keen to find out how local authorities respond to care leavers’ mental health needs, and how they facilitate access to mental health support.

The ‘Staying Close’ programme aims to provides safe accommodation to help young people develop confidence, skills for independent living, and to improve emotional health and wellbeing.

WWCSC is evaluating the programme.

How are McPin & people with experience of mental health problems involved in this research?

McPin is conducting interviews as part of the study.

We are leading the peer research aspect of the study, which involves training and recruiting peer researchers, and supporting them to conduct and analyse interviews.

What is the current status of the project?

The partnership with WWCSC is for a 12-month period, running from August 2022 to August 2023.

We’re now recruiting three care leavers for peer research roles in the care leavers wellbeing project, on a consultancy basis. Download the form to find out more about the roles & apply. Deadline is Tuesday 30th August 2022.

Where can I find more information?

For more information on the project, please get in touch with and for more information about WWCSC please visit: