ESPN 53rd Annual Meeting

ESPN 2021


 
Adapting and evolving Youth Work support throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
SARAH SHAMETI 1 ELEANOR STUBBS 1 MUSHFEQUR R HAQ 1 RODNEY GILBERT 1 CAROLINE ANDERSON 1 ANNE-SOPHIE DARLINGTON 2 ALEJANDRA RECIO-SAUCEDO 2 ARVIND NAGRA 1

1- SOUTHAMPTON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
2- UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
 
Introduction:

Children and Young people (CYP) with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are known to have increased psychosocial needs.  Youth workers (YW) have a valuable place in providing a holistic approach to meet the psychosocial and needs of CYP (aged 11-18 years).  Youth work delivered as part of the PEEER (building Patient, Empowerment, self-Esteem, Employability & Resilience) project offers this support.  Pre covid-19 YW support was delivered face to face (F2F) in a 1:1 setting or group sessions in the hospital, youth spaces or educational settings. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic YW support was delivered virtually to meet the psychosocial needs of CYP with CKD

Objectives: To assess the effectiveness of PEEER project youth work delivered virtually compared to F2F youth work.

Material and methods:

Group 1: Pre-Covid-19 lockdown: (1.1.2020 – 22.3.2020) CYP received YW support F2F  

Group 2: During Covid-19 lockdown:(23.3.2020 – 31.7.2020) CYP received YW support virtually. 

 CYP in both groups received 1:1 sessions, fun group activities and workshops.

 Feedback on effectiveness of sessions was collected (1 = strongly disagree -  6= strongly agree) - mean scores were collated

 

Results:

Group 1 N= 105. Group 2 N= 236.  The demand for YW support increased by 69% per month during the covid-19 pandemic.  In Group 2 there was a 56% increase in CYP accessing PEEER events.

CYP in Group 1 and Group 2: 100% said they enjoyed the sessions (5.6 vs 5.3), would like to attend future sessions (5.5 vs 5.5),  felt part of a friendship group 5.2 vs 4.3), felt more confident (5 vs 4.17), felt more independent (4.68 vs 5.0), felt good about themselves (4.88 vs 4.0) and learnt a new skill (4.5 vs 4.0)  

 

Conclusions:

 Psychosocial needs of CYP with CKD can be effectively met through the virtual delivery of YW support.