social benefits for the community
The final stage of the analysis shows that by getting the type and timing of investment right, and by addressing the psycho-social dimensions of children’s lives, economic and social benefits are generated for a range of stakeholders. We completed SROI analyses of three of Action for Children’s services taking an early intervention and preventative approach. The findings reveal: For every £1 invested annually in Action for Children’s targeted services designed to catch problems early and prevent problems from reoccurring, society benefits by between £7.60 and £9.20. This social value can be generated, for example, through improved family relationships. For every £1 invested in an Action for Children children’s centre, a forecast social return to society of £4.60 is expected to be generated. Benefits are forecast to accrue to a range of stakeholders including children, parents, community, and the state.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
preventive services for children and young people, three case studies from Action for Children: East Dunbartonshire Family Service, Caerphilly Family Intervention Team / 5+ Project, Wheatley Children's Centre
East Dunbartonshire Family Service provides short-term, focused and flexible support for children, young people and families in crisis; Caerphilly Family Intervention Team / 5+ Project is an early intervention service for children, young people and families with recently emerging emotional or behavioural problems; Wheatley Children's Centre provides preventative universal services, more specialized services for referred children, and parenting courses.
Gemeinschaft/ Gemeinden/ Kommunen
Evaluierung der Aktivität
Qualitative Interviewbefragungen (persönlich), Sekundäranalyse von Daten, Dokumenten, audiovisuellen Materialien etc.
Project research has taken place over a period of 12 months across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and has involved a combination of secondary and primary research. For the former, the work was largely desk-based, including a literature review of key policy documents and academic literature to build on the available evidence base, such as the Children’s Plan, well-being literature, cross-cultural reports, previous Action for Children research and recent publications linked to the Good Childhood Inquiry, UNICEF’s work on child well-being and the work of the Early Years Commission. Secondary data analysis included the collation and analysis of OECD data on national investments in children and families, data on outcomes across a range of social issues and European Social Survey data on subjective well-being. The primary research comprised innovative research and analysis techniques and some more traditional approaches tailored to the specific project requirements. An economic analysis was carried out to identify the economic viability of shifting towards a more preventative approach to delivering children’s services in the UK. Moreover, six case studies of children’s services were undertaken, reflecting a geographical spread across the UK and a broad range of targeted and universal services. In each case, project staff was interviewed about the way the projects work with children and young people.
(a) social return for every 1 pound invested annually in Action for Children's targeted services (b) social return for every 1 pound invested annually in Action for Children's children's centre
(a) between 7.60 and 9.20 pounds (b) 4.60 pounds