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National Award for North East Lincolnshire’s Youth Services

A council-led service which provides support for more than 7,000 young people across North East Lincolnshire has become only the third in the country to receive a prestigious accolade.

North East Lincolnshire’s Young Peoples Support Service has been awarded the National Youth Agency Quality Mark, in recognition of the excellent range of services and support available to young people across the borough.

The Quality Mark celebrates and supports continuous improvement and is awarded following a comprehensive self-assessment and independent inspection visit, conducted on behalf of the National Youth Agency. The visit took place in January this year.

The YSQM highlighted a number of cutting edge service achievements in North East Lincolnshire, including: partnership work aimed at reducing youth anti-social behaviour and offending; excellent targeted provision delivery ranging from sexual health, child exploitation prevention, young advisors, council for young people, drug and substance misuse services, counselling support; and an effective alternative learning service for young children who for a variety of reasons can’t attend mainstream schooling.

Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for People Services, said he was delighted with the award, which recognized the hard work carried out by the service despite the £1m budget reductions it had seen over the past two years.

“Much of this work is in partnership with a range of agencies including colleagues in the police and health services. It is a terrific example of the team approach we have in North East Lincolnshire,’’ he explained.

“We’re particularly pleased that the award highlights some of the excellent projects we’ve been able to press ahead with despite a reduction, which was along with the continuing changing landscape and emerging delivery models was recognized as being managed well, with resources being deployed appropriately.’

Key partners highlighted as being instrumental in some of these innovate approaches to delivery with the service include Humberside Police, GPs, local employers and numerous voluntary and community sector groups.

Steve Kay, head of young people’s support services said: “Various key partners and stakeholders, including young people were able to share their views and perspective on local services during the YQSM assessment process”

“The current economic climate can be challenging for young people, communities and organisations. It is important that despite these challenges we don’t lose sight of what is important in terms of continuing to improve outcomes and develop and renew effective partnerships.”

In 2012, the service, which employs 170 full and part-time staff, worked with more than 7000 young people in one way or another, and supported young people in accessing a range of services and support. It has engaged with at least 80% of children and young people in the borough, through a variety of intervention and accreditations which will help them to secure training, further education and employment.

Notes to Editors

Restorative Justice - an example of the excellent work developed by teams across the borough is the way youth workers now support young people on the fringes of the criminal justice system. Rather than immediately criminalising the young person and giving an automatic police record, staff work with them, enabling them to understand the implications and consequences of their actions and the point of view of their victim, if appropriate. These young people are often among the most vulnerable in the borough, often with complex needs.

Of the 435 young people referred since the ‘restorative justice’ programme started in November 2009, only eighteen have gone on to re-offend.

Other work with vulnerable people - Over the last few years, there has been an increased emphasis within Young Peoples Support Service (YPSS) to work with and focus on vulnerable young people, wherever possible. YPSS is a highly regarded, high performing service and recent impact of the work and related partnerships includes:

A ground-breaking Guidance Trust developed combining Information, advice and guidance offer from Local Authority, Grimsby Institute, Franklin College, Job Centre Plus, Private Sector Enterprise and School Leadership
Winning several local, regional and national awards, including work around Youth Crime reduction, Child Sexual Exploitation, Voice and Influence, Youth Volunteering, NEETS and in November 2012, national finalist for Local Authority Team of the Year
Significant contribution to a “good” classification from Ofsted in safeguarding inspection 2012
NELC YPSS is the best performing service for Youth Contract for vulnerable 16/17 year olds in Yorkshire and Humber
Performance in delivery of the September Guarantee, supporting learners with transition from year 11 and 12 sees North East Lincolnshire being high performing, well above regional and national averages
Clear evidence the YPSS has engaged with, supported and protected thousands of children and young people within the borough
Led sector improvement via a range of arenas including Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO), National Youth Agency (NYA) and had practice recognized by Children Improvement Board (CIB) and OfSTED (NEETS) as national best practice
Led youth crime partnership which achieved overall reduction in recorded youth crime of 44%
42% reduction of young people as victims of crime
Reducing youth related theft by 46%
Reduction in youth related anti-social behaviour of 60% over a three year period
Violence against the person has reduced by 34%
Reduction in NEET from 14% to 6.5% (16-18 years)
Significant levels of participation and engagement in NE Lincolnshire (80%) – reducing the scarring effects of long-term youth disengagement
Evidence in North East Lincolnshire the savings to the public purse may be as high as £29m in Youth Crime and NEET reduction over a three year period
Independent evidence to indicate that for every pound spent on youth related early intervention and prevention, savings to the public purse between £1.3 and £5
Developed the North East Lincolnshire Information, Advice and Guidance Gold Standard, which has been adopted by all academies and Post 16 institutions, ensuring the quality of IAG across the borough