Developmental Assets Project: A Young Person’s Wellbeing Framework


Working together to give young people the best chance of a happy, fulfilling life.



What is the Developmental Assets Project?

Co-creating change for young people in Newark

The Developmental Assets Project is a collaborative movement driven by partners across Newark and Sherwood. Our shared ambition is to give local young people the best possible chances to thrive, by collectively working to understand what our children need, and responding with cooperative solutions.

Adapted with permission from the Search Institute, the project involves longitudinal studies capturing the real experiences and aspirations of children in Newark and Sherwood, and working together to improve young aspirations long-term.

A place-based approach to youth development

A place-based approach to youth development

All organisations that play a role in the care of young people can be involved

A special thanks to local schools, who have worked hard to make this project possible.

Latest Updates from the Project

Proper Grown-ups- what are they?

Rachel Quinn, Head of Developmental Assets shares her thoughts on what is to be a ‘proper grown-up’ in her first blog for our Developmental Assets Project.


How it works

Young people are given time to fill out the Attitudes & Behaviours Survey – a survey that examines their own sense of their strengths, support network, and skills that are essential for success in school and life.

The surveys aren’t there to test the aptitude of children, but the collective opportunities afforded to them within their local community. 

The results help us to create a common understanding of what it’s like to grow up in Newark and Sherwood, and highlight any strengths or gaps, so we can provide better support for young people.

Download the 40 Developmental Assets Guide

Get Involved

Adapted for our local community, the project is the first of its kind in the UK, and is driven by schools, charities, social and community services and families in Newark. An innovative approach to understanding the real needs of young people, the project is of national significance – with potential to create learnings not only for us locally, but across the country.

Learn more & get involved via the contact us button below or emailing Rachel Quinn

Who is involved with the Developmental Assets Project?

  • Orchard School
  • Magnus Academy
  • Lincoln College Group
  • Newark Academy
  • Newark and Sherwood District Council
  • The Mighty Creatives
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Youth Voice
  • Newark and Sherwood Community and Voluntary Service
  • Positively Empowered Kids
  • Homestart
  • Youth Impact
  • YMCA Newark and Sherwood
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • NHS
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Newark and Sherwood CCG
  • Barnby Road Primary School
  • John Hunt
  • Coddington Church of England Primary School
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Academy
  • Highfields School
  • Sir Donald Bailey Academy
  • Lovers Lane Primary Academy
  • The Kings CofE Primary School
  • Chuter Ede Primary School
  • St Peters Crosskeys CofE Academy
  • Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy
  • Mount CofE Primary and Nursery
  • Christ Church CofE Primary School
  • The Suthers School
  • Joseph Whitaker School
  • John Blow Primary School