Evidence of Need & Outcomes

For the last three years Young Cumbria has, in conjunction with our young people, used the Outcome Star to help track and record progress.

Evidence

Services for young people are amongst the most important in any community with youth workers, in many senses being the unsung heroes of these communities.
By building up relationships of trust and support with young people, helping them make their own decisions about their own lives, and developing their confidence and resilience, youth workers play invaluable roles in supporting young people.

Spending cuts have harmed young people and their prospects in a number of ways. Cuts in benefits have meant that many young people from poorer backgrounds have struggled, even when they are in work, with rising housing costs and reduced housing benefit combining to make it increasingly difficult for young people to get a decent start in their adult lives.

Child poverty can have lasting affects. There is strong evidence to suggest links between poverty and poor educational attainment, which in turn has an impact upon their employment and earnings capacity, the development of complicated health issues and even reduced life expectancy. [i]

Nationally

are now living in poverty[ii]. Fiscal studies suggest that this figure will soar to a staggering 5.2 million over the next 5 years, which is 37% of all children. [iii]

aged 14 are self harming[iv]. Experts have put the behaviour down to a combination of pressure from school, austerity and gender expectations[v]

with mental health problems are not receiving treatment. [vi]

of young people feel embarrassed about mental illness. [vii]

YOUNG PEOPLE’S HAPPINESS IS AT ITS LOWEST SINCE 2010. [viii]

LOCALLY

live in poverty, including 11,700 children. With 30 wards in the county having higher child poverty rates than the national average. [ix]

Hospital admissions for under-18 alcohol consumption are higher than the national average in all districts except Eden; in Allerdale and Copeland. [x]

where the percentage of young people with mental health disorders is higher than the national average; Allerdale, Barrow, Carlisle and Copeland.[xii]

HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS FOR SELF HARM AMONGST YOUNG PEOPLE IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. [xi]

CUMBRIA’S PROPORTION OF FIXED TERM EXCLUSIONS FROM EDUCATION OWING TO ‘PERSISTENT DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOUR’ IS GREATER THAN THAT OF THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. [xiii]

Youth workers, through their skill and expertise, the wide range of activities they engage in and the deep and lasting relationships they are able to build with young people are in a unique position to support young people in all of these areas and many more: helping them find employment, achieve qualifications, gain confidence, avoid drug or alcohol abuse, remain healthy and play their part in society.

OUTCOMES

For the last three years Young Cumbria has, in conjunction with our young people, used the Outcome Star to help track and record progress. This has proven to be an amazing way for young people to identify their strengths and see their progress. It has also enabled them to recognise and address set backs and barriers and helped them to put strategies in place to move forward and increase their levels of resilience.

The young people we have supported over the last 3 years (June 2016 – June 2019) have worked hard to achieve some incredible and life changing outcomes:

469 (98%) have reported an improvement in their mental and emotional well being

469 (98%) have demonstrated increased confidence in dealing with stress and adversity

2127 are now aware of when and where to seek the relevant support if they require it

1097 have engaged in new positive activities

977 have actively pursued opportunities to engage in employment, training or education

471 (over 95%) have reduced crisis related behaviours and have demonstrated good decision making

1280 have positive friends and others who provide consistent support in their lives

752 have demonstrated that they now know how to access support independently

154 have undertaken work placements

74 businesses have contributed to their progress by offering training, mentoring and offering their skills and experience to benefit the young people

48 businesses have created new work experience offers for young people

  • [i] Child Poverty Action Group website 2016
  • [ii] http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/4-million-children-now-living-in-poverty-in-the-uk/
  • [iii] Guardian online 1st January 2018.
  • [iv] Childrens Society, The Good Childhood Report, 2018
  • [v] Guardian online, 29th August 2018
  • [vi] Guardian online 20th Jan 2017 – 12 Statistics to get you thinking about mental health.
  • [vii] Guardian online 20th Jan 2017 – 12 Statistics to get you thinking about mental health.
  • [viii] Childrens Society, The Good Childhood Report, 2018
  • [ix] Cumbria Observatory – Child Poverty – May 2016
  • [x] Children and young people Emotional health and wellbeing in Cumbria: Joint strategic needs assessment 2014
  • [xi] Children and Families – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2015.
  • [xii] Cumbria Observatory – Children and Young Peoples Profile.
  • [xiii] Children and Families – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2015.
  • [xiv] Children and Families – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2015.