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Table 3 Social return on investment (SROI) of public health interventions: childhood and adolescence

From: The social value of investing in public health across the life course: a systematic scoping review

ReferencePublic health topicCountryPopulationAim of InterventionCrude SROI ratio for assessed time horizonQuality score
Barnardo’s 2012 [33]General health and well-beingEnglandFamilies with young children who need additional support/have behavioural needsNumerous aims to improve the health and well-being of children and their families through services such as ‘Stay and Play’, ‘Family Support Workers’, ‘Tiny Toes’ and the ‘Triple P Parenting Programme’.Stay and Play £2/£1 invested Family Support Workers £4.50/£1 invested Tiny Toes £3.50/£1 invested Triple P £2.50/£1 invested10
Chance 2013 [34]General health and well-beingEnglandDisadvantaged two year olds accessing childcare and their immediate familiesTo improve outcomes for children and narrow the gap in educational achievement between them and other children.£8.40/£1 invested9
Lakhotia 2019 [35]General health and well-beingNew ZealandFamilies with children aged 3–8 yearsImproving parental capabilities to promote emotional and social competence in children and to prevent, reduce and treat conduct problems.NZ$3.75:NZ$1 invested11
New Economics Foundation 2009a [36]General health and well-beingWalesYoung people and children (from about 5 to 14) and their familiesPreventative early intervention service for young people and children (from about 5 to 14) and their families, where there are recently emerging emotional, behavioural or mental health issues.£7.60/£1 invested9
New Economics Foundation 2009c [37]General health and well-beingEnglandChildren and families in the local areaProvides short-term, focussed and flexible support for children, young people and families in crisis.£9.20/£1 invested9
New Economics Foundation 2010 [38]General health and well-beingEnglandVulnerable familiesTo work with the most vulnerable families to treat the cause and effects of multiple issues, such as domestic violence and anti-social behaviour.£4.28/£1 invested10
Action on Addiction 2014 [39]Substance misuseEnglandChildren and young people aged 8–17 yearsSupports children and young people aged 8–17 who are experiencing the effects of substance misuse within the family. Programme offers a ‘whole family approach’.£2.76/£1 invested7
Bradly and Bolas 2013 [40]Substance misuseEnglandIndividuals aged 16–19 yearsTo deliver a psycho-social intervention alongside harm reduction work.£3.91/£1 invested10
Hackett, Jung and Mulvale 2017 [41]Substance misuseCanadaIndividuals aged 13–19 yearsProvides treatment to young people between the ages of 13–19 who face addiction issues, as well as behavioural and psycho-social challenges.£7/£1 invested9
New Economics Foundation 2009b [42]Mental well-beingEnglandChildren in the local areaTo provide universal services to children in the area.£4.60/£1 invested10
Winrow and Tudor Edwards 2018 [43]Mental well-beingWalesPrimary school age childrenDelivers music sessions in two schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods based on the El Sistema method - aims to improve educational and well-being outcomes for children who face socio-economic challenges£6.69/£1 invested9
Bradly 2011 [44]Sexual healthEnglandAdolescentsTo support the delivery of sexual health services for young people in community settings that they would typically access e.g. school, youth services.£8.75/£1 invested11
Children Our Ultimate Investment 2010 [45]Sexual healthEnglandAt-risk young people referred to the programme by their schoolTo provide at-risk young people of both sexes with real life experience of mentoring and caring for a small child by enrolling in a 15–20 week course for one afternoon a week where the teenager is paired with a child in a nursery.£5.52/£1 invested8
Hoskisson 2012 [46]EmploymentAustraliaYoung offendersTo create meaningful employment opportunities and offer education, training and workplace mentoring for young offenders.£2.33/£1 invested9
Butler and Leathem 2014 [47]Physical activityEnglandYoung people aged 10–19 yearsTo increase the range of sporting opportunity, to ensure that local delivery reflects needs, multigenerational and build evidence base to show sport as an instrument of social change.£4.21/£1 invested9
Ward and Thurston 2009 [48]Anti-social behaviourEnglandYoung people aged 11–16 yearsRemotivate young people aged 11–16 years who were disaffected and/or displaying antisocial behaviour.£3.70/£1 invested9