E-SEE (Enhancing Social-Emotional health and wellbeing in the Early years) Trial

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Dr Tracey Bywater and colleagues from the University of York, together with collaborators from the University of Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU), the University of Plymouth, Lancashire Care Foundation NHS Trust, the University of Central Lancashire, and the National University of Ireland Maynooth, have been awarded over £1.8 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research (PHR) programme to conduct the E-SEE Trial.

Behavioural and mental health disorders have become a public health crisis and by 2020 may surpass physical illness as a major cause of disability. There is a strong causal link between parent and child wellbeing. Incredible Years (IY) group-based parent programmes aim to promote social & emotional wellbeing in children aged 0-12 years (http://incredibleyears.com/). Few programmes, and little evidence, currently exists for enhancing social emotional wellbeing in the 0-2 year age range. Two newly developed IY programmes for parents of 0-2 year-olds, IY-Infant (IY-I) and IY-Toddler (IY-T), have not been rigorously evaluated in targeted large-scale randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

The E-SEE Trial is a community-based RCT that aims to evaluate whether IY-I and IY-T are effective and cost-effective at enhancing social-emotional health and wellbeing in the early years. Parents of children between 0 and 2 months old will be randomised at 2.9:1 to receive the intervention or be in the control arm (services as usual). All parents on the intervention arm will receive an IY book and the IY Parent Programme/s according to risk/need (a proportionate universal intervention). We are also recruiting co-parents who have a significant role in the care of the child. Primary outcomes, including child social and emotional wellbeing and primary parent depression levels, will be assessed at the final 18-month follow-up when the child is 20 months old.

The project commenced in February 2015 and is funded for 4.5 years. We aim to start recruiting into an 18-month internal pilot involving 2 recruitment areas in August 2015, leading to a definitive 30-month RCT involving 4 recruitment areas. The trial is sponsored by the University of York.

Staff involved at the Sheffield CTRU include:

Dawn Teare (Trial Statistician)
Judith Cohen and Jessica Wright (Trial Management)
Amanda Loban (Data Management)
Laura Mandefield (Junior Statistician)

For further information please visit our  webpage  - www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr/sections/dts/ctru/e-see