What We’re Reading: November 2017

24 Nov What We’re Reading: November 2017

Every month, we send round an internal bulletin with the best bits of research we have come across that month. We decided that this might of interest to a wider audience – so keep your eyes peeled to our website for a monthly update!

Early Intervention Foundation: What is the cost of deprioritising Early Intervention in your area?

November 2016

This is an interactive map which shows economic cost of not prioritising early intervention across the country. In Hammersmith and Fulham, EIF say that the total cost of late intervention is £49 million (or £273 per person)

Nearly £17 billion per year – equivalent to £287 per person – is spent in England and Wales by the state on the cost of late intervention. The largest individual costs are:£5.3 billion spent on Looked After Children; £5.2 billion associated with cases of domestic violence; £2.7 billion spent on benefits for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)

See full analysis of the cost of late intervention here.

The Sutton Trust: ‘Life Lessons’

October 12th 2017

Report on the importance of ‘soft skills’ (sometimes called social/emotional skills’ or ‘non-cognitive skills’. Soft skills are increasingly thought to play an important part in learning, as well as contributing to children’s wider development, well-being and readiness for life beyond school.

88% of young people, 94% of employers and 97% of teachers say that soft skills are as or more important than academic qualifications. In fact, more than half of teachers (53%) believe that life skills are more important than academic qualifications to young people’s success and 72% believe their school should increase their focus on teaching life skills.

Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds less likely to take up activities than their better off peers (46% compared to 66%), with just half of those receiving free school meals (FSM) taking part. There are also substantial gaps in provision, with schools with higher numbers of FSM pupils less likely to offer certain activities.

78% of teachers report the availability of volunteering programmes to build life skills, but only 8% of pupils say they take part. 45% of teachers said their school provided debating, yet just 2% of young people reported participating. Almost two in five young people (37%) don’t take part in any clubs or activities.

West London Zone mentioned in the Emerald Journal of Children’s Services (JCS)

30th October

Catch22 Chief Executive Chris Wright outlines the need for a more relational approach to the design and delivery of children’s social care and cites WLZ as a case study (p. 4).

CQC completes initial review of mental health services for children and young people

27th October 2017

The report of the first phase of a Government-commissioned review of mental health services for children and young people in England has now been released.

Using estimates from the London School of Economics, Public Health England reported that only 25% of children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition accessed support. Also suggests children might be waiting as long as 18 months to access support. 

Association for Young People’s Health: Key Stats on Young People 2017

Comprehensive data review focusing specifically on the health of 10-24 year olds in the UK. There are 11.7 million young people aged 10-24 in the UK; one in five of the population.

Young people living in the most deprived areas are more likely to be killed or seriously injured on roads, more likely to be obese, and are more likely to have worse physical, mental and sexual health outcomes.

‘Health inequalities can compound amongst these groups of young people making their health outcomes significantly worse, therefore early identification and prevention are key’

Full report here


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