Full Year Evaluation Into Kent County Lines Project
Full year evaluation into the Kent County Lines Pilot Project
Evaluated by: JH Consulting
- The Home Office funded St Giles County Lines pilot project ran for 12 months from September 2017.
- It involved providing one-to-one casework support for vulnerable children involved in county lines drug running activity in the Margate and Dover areas, and the establishment of a team of trained volunteer Peer Advisors who could offer additional support to such children.
- In depth discussions with St Giles caseworkers and professionals from statutory services, children being supported and their mothers as well as examination of casework updates, statistical analysis from Kent police and other project material.
- In total, 38 children and their families have been provided with one-to-one casework support between September 2017 and September 2018.
- Of the 35 children remaining on the caseload in September 2018, 85% have positive outcomes: 11 (31%) children successfully exited county lines activity, 19 (54%) children at decreased risk and are in the process of exiting the activity
- Positive outcomes for children include: 5 who have re-engaged with education (including some moving back into mainstream education and achieving GCSEs) and 3 who have moved into employment; decreases/cessation in offending and going missing – Kent police report 50% of children experienced a reduction in reported crime (as either victim or suspect) and missing episodes across the cohort have halved.
- The pilot has continued to demonstrate that one-to-one specialist casework enables children to make the move away from and exit county lines activity. Caseworkers’ lived experience and/or cultural competence remains an essential feature that provides the much needed credibility required for children to develop relationships of trust.
Mid-point Evaluation Into The Kent County Lines Pilot
Evaluated by: JH Consulting
The Home Office funded St Giles county lines pilot project ran for 12 months from September 2017. It involved providing one-to-one casework support for vulnerable children involved in county lines drug running activity in the Margate and Dover areas, and the establishment of a team of trained volunteer Peer Advisors who could offer additional support to such children.
- By the end of March 2018: 38 children and their families in two areas of Kent and three London boroughs have been provided with one-to-one, in person casework support, with 30 remaining on the caseload
- 7 children/young people and 20 family members have been supported through SafeCall in-depth phone services
- 9 people with lived experience of gangs/county lines/drugs are training as Peer Advisors
- Specialist casework delivered to children and their families has had the greatest impact in helping children to move away from county lines involvement. This finding is confirmed by police, youth offending teams and social services, as well as by children and mothers. The majority of children receiving casework support show positive progress.
- The project shows significant cost benefits for the public sector - Kent police calculate £271,253 of savings from the steep drop in missing episodes alone, and observe that “Clearly if this service was expanded upon, the potential time and cost reduction may prove significant”.
- The project shows an urgent need for sustainable and specialist casework - the pilot reached capacity by the end of 2017 and there is significant unmet demand, with waiting lists of children.
Evaluation Into Accessing The Future Programme
First year evaluation into the Accessing the Future programme
Evaluated by: St Giles
Project details: Access the Future aims to help young disadvantaged people to pursue their education, training and employment goals by offering a personal budget of up to £1,500 to help them achieve this. The project was funded by the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation.
- 103 disadvantaged young people have been helped to purse their education, training and employment goals
- 63 young people have successfully completed their individual goals which were agreed as part of ATF’s support
- The remaining 40 young people were well on the way towards achieving their goals
- 43% gained either full or part-time employment; 27% sustained higher education; 16% were in a further education/ training programme. 15% were unemployed but actively seeking employment.
Evaluated by: TSIP (The Social Innovation Partnership)
Methodology: Client interviews and caseworkers’ self-reported outcomes, case file reviews, interviews, and partner discussions.
Project details: St Giles SOS service trains and employs people with lived experience, including those with experience of the criminal justice system, as caseworkers who provide practical and psychological support to their clients. Their clients are primarily other ex-offenders, but also those at risk of offending - to help them to avoid offending and reintegrate themselves into society.
- According to client interviews and caseworkers’ self-reported outcomes, the SOS Project shows signs of positive impact:
- 73% of those who undertook ETE activities successfully achieved an outcome Housing Outcomes 76% of those identified as having housing needs successfully achieved an outcome Benefit Outcomes 43% of clients were assisted in claiming benefits Mentoring Activities 23% of clients were recorded as receiving Mentoring and/or IAG support
- The SOS Project is well-aligned with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) understanding of best practice
Evaluated by: Economic Policy Associates and DECC
Project details: St Giles’ Choices project aims to help disadvantaged young people aged 16 – 24 who are not in education, employment or training to move their lives forward by targeting support to their individual needs. The HSBC supported Opportunity Partnership launched in July 2013. Clients typically have multiple barriers - This all points to SGT clients being harder to reach than the average young person that is not in education, employment or training.
- Data provided by SGT shows that 1,132 clients were registered in 2014 with 543 of these achieved an outcome (e.g. starting a new job, or entering training).
- These clients obtained a total of 907 outcomes during the year comprising 495 training, 324 employment, 45 volunteering and 33 education outcomes.
- A benefit/cost ratio for recorded employment outcomes of between £3.3 and £3.7 for every £1 spent
- Choices not only helps clients to get into employment education and training but also provides additional support generally to overcome other issues often when they have been unsuccessful in getting sufficient help through other schemes (e.g. the government Work Programme).
- Some benefits that fall outside what is modelled, such as reducing educational underachievement and entry into voluntary placements - BIS research into returns to Intermediate and low level vocational qualifications shows that in line with previous studies there continues to be large and significant wage gain for most vocational qualifications
Knife Crime Projects Evaluation
Evaluated by: JH Consulting
The evaluation took place between late February and April 2019 and included:
- Review of internal project monitoring reports and data, internal evaluation forms (children,
- parents, organisations) and other feedback (email, social media);
- Observations of some SOS+ delivery;
- Structured discussions with SGT project staff in each of the four projects to assess project
- performance, impact, key challenges and modifications of the original project plans, and
- Structured discussions with children and young people and staff in participating organisations, as well as key stakeholders including professionals in local authorities, youth services and youth offending.
The four SGT projects supported by the Home Office’s Community Fund, piloted different approaches to providing preventative interventions to help children and young people avoid involvement in youth violence and knife crime. Projects took place between September 2018 and the end of March 2019, and were delivered in the Royal London Borough of Greenwich, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Ipswich and Leeds/Bradford. All projects involved delivery of SGT’s SOS+ programme to children and young people in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, alternative education providers, youth centres and community groups.
In addition to the core project offer of SOS+ sessions for children and young people, a range of other interventions and activities were planned, varying for each project and including:
- Delivery of SOS+ sessions for parents (Tower Hamlets, Woolwich, Leeds)
- One-to-one mentoring of young people at particular risk (Ipswich and Leeds)
- Recruiting and training Mentors and Peer Advisors with lived experience (Ipswich and Leeds)
- ‘Train the trainer’ sessions to upskill existing SGT staff to support sustainability of the model and approach (Leeds)
- Supporting the development of a small community based BAME partner organisation (Woolwich)
- Over 5,400 children and young people participating in SOS+ sessions and gaining a better understanding of the risks of carrying weapons, the danger of grooming and exploitation, and tools and strategies to build resilience and stay safe
- 10 particularly at risk children and young people received intensive one-to-one mentoring support to help them move into more positive lifestyles
- 464 parents gaining a better understanding, including how their children may become involved and strategies that they can use to support them
- Approximately 120 professionals (education, community leaders, youth services, police) gaining a better understanding, including how children and young people may become involved and strategies that they can use to support them
63 organisations engaged in SOS+ sessions, including:
- 26 primary schools
- 12 secondary schools
- 10 youth provisions (including those run by youth offending services)
- 2 BAME community groups
Evaluated by: JH Consulting
The overall aim of the BRAVE project was to test the idea that delivery of joint gangs and radicalisation sessions would be more effective in communicating a number of key messages identifying the similarities between gang involvement, extremism and radicalisation. The BRAVE project was funded by the Home Office Prevent Innovation Fund.
The project set out to deliver sessions that would:
- help children and young people have greater awareness of the realities and issues surrounding gang involvement, drugs, violence, extremism and radicalisation, and learn about strategies to help avoid the risk of becoming involved in these activities
- support schools and colleges to be able to tackle issues that they may feel ill equipped
- St Giles’ team delivered 24 BRAVE sessions
- They reached 1,588 children and young people (76% in Birmingham, 24% in London; 50/50 male/female; 76% in the 11-15 years old age group ), 110 teachers and support staff and 35 parents
- A number of schools and colleges visited have stated that they intend to do some follow up work.
- A joint approach to radicalisation and gangs is effective, including in terms of time, however, presentations and materials need to be easy to understand, impactful, engaging and coherent.
- Preparatory work with staff to increase support, impact and reach -, providing a ‘trailer’ ahead of sessions may further increase engagement from young people as they will have an accurate understanding of what the session is about and, by using video, the engaging style of the facilitators.