Impact assessment

We want to fully understand the potential impact of what we do and ensure that our decisions are informed by this information.

Your comments will help us take full account of any concerns and make sure we do not inadvertently affect or disadvantage any particular group or community.

You can see more about our duty here.

The youth offer impact assessment will constantly be updated to reflect the approach the review is taking.

Youth offer impact assessment

You can also see the impact on communities in Devon by using our community impact map.

7 comments on “Impact assessment

  1. Donna bennett |

    I have just one thing to add to this .


  2. John Calvert |

    Currently Devon Youth Service works with just under 13,000 young people each year. Of those 13,000 young people only 14% are in the no additional needs catagory (see profile of young people in the background information section). Based on this profile we have a universal service supporting young people, 86% of who are in the targeted catagory. Young people with multiple vulnerablilites who engage with youth workers on a voluntary basis and therefore tend to have a positive relationship with those staff.

    As we move foward consideration needs to be given to the following points:

    How do we enable targeted services to make better use of the positive relationship that youth workers have with young people in order to enable them to achieve better outcomes?

    How do we support youth workers to gather the voice and experience of young people who are being supported by other targeted services?

    How do we ensure that the budgets of targeted services are transfered to early intervention services like the youth service as young people have less need for the targeted services?

  3. John Willis |

    I agree that provision ought not to be so targeted that it becomes only for specific disadvantaged young people.
    1. In practice I don’t see how this could work, especially in a small rural community like Moretonhampstead.
    2. It is important not to create a ghetto of difficult young people; we want to help them become more mature, socialised members of the community, so mixing with their peers who are perhaps more mature is essential.

  4. Simon Cohen |

    Having attended a Children in care meeting yesterday the issue around data sharing still appears to be a barrier. Virgin and Babcock still have issues around secure email addresses, this seems to me a simple issue to solve. It could be perceived that data protection (and its interpretation /implementation) can be a barrier to a young person in need of additional support. Regardless of new models or structures this issue really needs resoving and should be built in to any commissioning process / protocols.

  5. Simon Cohen |

    Just a thought for consideration, having read some Anti Social Behaviour meeting minutes this morning which discuss prioritising young people who are at high risk of continual offending. It discusses a new protocol across the peninsular around sharing data and working closley with statutory agencies (as we do now) If the service is commisioned out a clear strategy would need to be in place otherwise there may be more barriers to targeted work.

  6. anon |

    surely you are disadvantaging those young people of Devon that do not fit into any specific category. Just because they don’t tick a box doesn’t mean they are not entitled to participate in a service that is paid for by ALL TAX payers – not just the ones that tick a box. Discrimination can work both ways -‘normal’ young people may well ‘go off the rails’ to ensure they fit a category that allows them to join in targeted work because they trust youth workers and want to be with their friends who you have just labelled. Personally, I am finding it hard to digest the short sightedness of your proposals

    • Anne Barratt |

      I’m agreeing with the above comments. Also we see many young people who go through ‘phases’ of difficult behaviour. It is surely easier to address issues when the young people are already known by and using a youth service. Most young people will make mistakes at some time but being a part of the community and seeing disapproval of peers does help in addressing these issues. Seeing other young people benefiting in positive ways is surely an encouragement to ‘conform’.
      I don’t know what the financial solution is to the problem … but maybe supporting well run voluntary youth clubs with ‘floating target workers’ visiting and supporting their targeted young people within these settings, may be more productive … with the added benefit of not leaving any young people high and dry when they have been ‘seen to’ by the target system.
      Surely the aim of youth work is to help young people to develop into fine members of their community … and to encourage a tolerance of everyone towards each other. Can’t see this targeting alone working. Voluntary youth clubs are easier in villages but in towns it is a big ask of anyone/committee to do. They would need both financial and practical support.