About HeadStart Kent

HeadStart Kent is part of Kent County Council’s Integrated Children’s Services and aims to help young people cope better when faced with difficult circumstances in their lives, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems.

The six year programme is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to provide the resources to develop approaches that support young people to develop their own resilience to cope with the everyday pressures they may face throughout their lives.

HeadStart Kent has enabled better support through schools, families and within communities and has been designed and implemented with young people at its heart. This will continue when the programme officially completes its work in in 2022.

HeadStart Kent’s mission statement is:

Kent young people and their families will have improved resilience, by developing their knowledge and lifelong skills to maximise their own and their peers’ emotional health and wellbeing; to navigate their way to support when needed in ways which work for them.

Young people have been clear on what they need to support their mental wellbeing, and HeadStart aims to focus on building a sustainable system where every young person in Kent will be able to say with confidence:

  • People around me understand wellbeing and how to promote it
  • My overall wellbeing is not impacted by the pressure to achieve and to be perfect
  • There is always someone for me to talk to.

To keep up to date with the latest news from HeadStart Kent, you can sign up to our mailing list by emailing HeadStart@kent.gov.uk.

We publish a quarterly newsletter to provide information on current opportunities and latest news. The November 2021 Newsletter is now available.

Find out more about the programme by watching the video below.

HeadStart Kent: The Next Generation 2019 (subtitled)

Young people in Kent bring you up to date with how the programme is making an impact across the county.