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HeadStart Kernow useful information and links

Cornwall is one of 6 Big Lottery-funded HeadStart areas. The Big Lottery Fund’s HeadStart programme aims to improve the mental well-being of 10 to 16 year-olds by investing in 6 local partnerships to facilitate and support:

  1. the implementation of a locally-developed, cross-disciplinary, multi-layered and integrated prevention strategy, with the young person and their needs at its core;
  2. the development of the necessary local conditions to enable that strategy to become sustainable in time; and
  3. the development of a more robust evidence-base around ‘what works’ in the area of mental well-being pro-actively shared beyond HeadStart, contributing to the national and local policy debate.
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There are synergies between HeadStart Kernow’s mission, Cornwall Council's Education Strategy, and One Vision, the multi-agency partnership plan for transforming services to children, young people and their families living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through the establishment of a shared vision, ambition and principles for integrating children’s education, health and social care services.

The Department for Education published some guidance for schools to help teachers identify bad behaviour from poor mental health. The guidance aligns closely with HeadStart and our school development work theme which is providing practitioners with the skills and tools to identify and respond to this need. More information is below:

For more information about HeadStart Kernow get in touch with the team at!

For further information on area assets, health and wellbeing please visit Youth Kernow and Savvy Kernow