A report into the social return on investment (SROI) of YSS Arc and Divert services has found that the services give a Social Return on Investment of £6.11 for every £1 spent.

The report also concluded that, ‘..both projects offer a level of support to children and young people that would otherwise be unavailable. Feedback from young people, staff and stakeholders all indicate that the level of support provides significant benefits over and above the OPCC commissioned service, that is to say YSS are delivering a service that is exceptional and exceeding the service levels set out in the grant terms.’

The cost of project delivery is £280,005 and the total social value of the project is calculated at £1,709,903.

Arc and Divert provide one to one, community based support to young people aged between 13 -16 years (Divert) and 16- 24 years (ARC), who are in, or at risk of being involved in, the Criminal Justice System, helping them to access community-based activities. YSS key workers ensure that the young people have access to all the relevant support services available in the community and can refer them to the appropriate agency should specialist support be required. Each young person can also be allocated a volunteer mentor to provide ongoing motivation and support.

Deborah Grantham, YSS Operations Director, said:  “We are extremely pleased to read the positive impact we have had on the young people and their families we support. For more than 30 years, YSS has been supporting people with multiple, and often complex, needs to help them achieve their potential, and having this external validation of our work is incredibly important to us. We are grateful to John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner for providing us with the funding to undertake this important preventative work.”

 The primary objective of the study was to review and evaluate the economic, social and environmental impact of the projects during a one year period of operation (April 2018 to March 2019).

The study was conducted externally by The Arundel Group who are trained as SROI practitioners and experienced in the field of working with vulnerable young people and education employment and training support. It is focused on the findings from a number of in-depth interviews undertaken with ARC and Divert key workers, young people who had accessed the services and their parents as well as local stakeholders and partners.   The findings were then cross-referenced with other research reports and data gathered internally by YSS on the service users and referral agencies.