Wider determinants

The wider determinants section includes information about:

  • special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • air pollution
  • child poverty
  • gambling
  • road safety
  • social isolation
  • young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)


Information coming soon

Air pollution

Why this is important

The Government’s Clean Air Strategy published in 2019 states that “air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK, and the fourth greatest threat to public health after cancer, heart disease and obesity”, and causes more harm than passive smoking. Fine particulate matter is an airborne pollutant contributing significantly to this environmental risk. It is defined as particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter, and is referred to as PM2.5.

The strategy further states that:

'Conditions caused or exacerbated by air pollution include asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic heart disease (CHD), and strokes. These conditions significantly reduce quality of life. They also mean that people are less able to work and need more medical care, resulting in higher social costs and burdens to the National Health Service.

Poor air quality can affect health at all stages of life. Those most affected are the young and old. In the womb, maternal exposure to air pollution can result in low birth weight, premature birth, and stillbirth or organ damage. In children there is evidence of reduced lung capacity, while impacts in adulthood can include diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In old age, a life-time of exposure to air pollution can result in reduced life-expectancy and reduced wellbeing at end of life. There is also emerging evidence for a link between air pollution and an acceleration of the decline in cognitive function'.

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

  • In 2018, it was estimated that 4.1% of all deaths in Barnsley in those aged 30+ were attributable to fine particulate air pollution; lower than the England rate of 5.2%.
  • This also compares to the average in the Yorkshire and Humber area of 4.5%.
  • Rates have declined since 2013.

What we're doing and the assets or services we have

Barnsley Council’s Regulatory Services are responsible for dealing with fine particulate pollution and air pollution as a whole under the Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) regime. LAQM is a statutory duty under the Environment Act 1995.

Delivery of LAQM involves collaborative work with other local authorities, Highways England, the Environment Agency and other stakeholders. The work also includes assessing the impact of potential Clean Air Zones.

LAQM requires local authorities to undertake regular reviews and assessments of air quality in their areas to identify whether the health based air quality objectives have been or will met by a specified date. In situations where these objectives will not be achieved, local authorities must declare the location as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), and prepare an action plan which identifies appropriate measures that will be introduced to achieve the objectives.

Barnsley has six AQMAs that have been declared due to breaches of annual mean concentrations of the polluting gas nitrogen dioxide which is strongly associated with traffic emissions. Barnsley’s Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP), whilst primarily dealing with reducing nitrogen dioxide gas concentrations, also tackles PM2.5 concentrations, (PM 2.5 are tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are high) as the actions to reduce concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and PM2.5 are broadly similar.

A steering group, chaired by the Director of Public Health, oversees the implementation of the AQAP. The implementation of the wide ranging AQAP actions is the responsibility of internal Council and external stakeholders and requires significant officer resource.

Regulatory Services own and operate two continuous air quality monitoring stations in the borough, and undertake air pollution sampling at 64 other sites. It has contracts with specialist laboratories and equipment suppliers to ensure the accuracy of air quality monitoring. Regulatory Services have also joint ownership (along with the other South Yorkshire Councils) of a sophisticated emissions database and air pollution modelling system.

Central Government have contracted Regulatory Services to manage two Government owned air quality monitoring stations, one in Barnsley and one on the outskirts of the borough border.

Opportunities for improvement or future development

Following the incorporation of Regulatory Services into Public Health, opportunities for joint working to improve local air quality and local health have been recognised. Common synergies include promotion of the active travel agenda, anti-idling, eco driver training and raising awareness of air quality within schools.  Some of this work is beyond the statutory remit that Regulatory Services are required to undertake, but will be of benefit to local people. As a result, Public Health have identified resources to progress and develop this joint agenda.  

Resources and supporting documents

Child poverty

Why this is important

The Marmot Review (2010) suggests there is evidence that childhood poverty leads to premature mortality and poor health outcomes for adults.  Reducing the numbers of children who experience poverty should improve these adult health outcomes and increase healthy life expectancy.

There is also a wide variety of evidence to show that children who live in poverty are exposed to a range of risks that can have a serious impact on their mental health.

"A New Approach to Child Poverty: Tackling the Causes of Disadvantage and Transforming Families' Lives" sets out the Government's approach to tackling poverty for this Parliament and up to 2020.  This strategy meets the requirements set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010, focuses on improving the life chances of the most disadvantaged children, and sits alongside the Government’s broader strategy to improve social mobility.

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

The Children in low-income families indicator illustrates the proportion of children living in families in receipt of out-of-work benefits or tax credits, where their reported income is less than 60% of UK median income.

Although the latest data (2016) is not as up to date as we would prefer, it shows that for children in Barnsley:

Aged under 20

  • More than two out of five (21.6%) live in poverty; significantly higher than the national rate of 17.0%.
  • Compared to similar local authorities, Barnsley’s rate is the fourth highest.
  • The rate has fluctuated since 2006, and the 2016 rate is the second lowest during the period.

Aged under 16:

  • More than two out of five (21.9%) live in poverty; significantly higher than the national rate of 17.0%.
  • Compared to similar local authorities, Barnsley’s rate is the third highest.
  • The rate has fluctuated since 2006, and the 2016 rate is the second lowest during the period.

It is worth bearing in mind that some eligible families do not claim their benefit entitlement, whilst others may be living in income deprivation but may not be entitled to claim.

Another measure of poverty in children under 16 years is also available: the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) from the 2015 Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2015*. This shows that:

  • Barnsley’s rate of 24.9% is significantly higher than the England rate of 19.9%.
  • Compared to similar local authorities, Barnsley’s rate is the fifth highest.
  • Within Barnsley, there are large differences, with rates ranging from 41.2% in Dearne North to 5.5% in Penistone East.

* The IMD 2019 was published on 26 September 2019 – further analysis at Barnsley and ward level will follow.

Data from:

What we’re doing and the assets and services we have 

More information coming soon.

Opportunities for improvement or future development

More information coming soon.

Resources and supporting documentation


Why this is important

Gambling is increasingly recognised as a public health issue, contributing to ongoing health inequalities, the experience of physical and mental health problems (including suicidality) and poor wellbeing. Gambling-related harms are often not recognised and require greater attention. The legislative framework for gambling recognises it as a legitimate leisure activity that many people enjoy. It generates income, employment and tax revenue. Set against this, it also generates significant dis-benefits such as working days lost through disordered gambling, or the cost of treatment for ill-health caused by stress related to gambling debt. Less easily measured are potentially very significant impacts such as the negative effects of some gambling on family relationships, and the psychological and social development of children.

Gambling has been described as being, like alcohol, a legal activity on a continuum of harm. It has been suggested that there are a large number of people experiencing small amounts of harm from gambling, and a small number of people that experience high levels of harm. A report by Citizen’s Advice states 'The majority of people taking part in gambling do so responsibly and without risk. But for hundreds of thousands of people who are defined as problem gamblers, the impact can be devastating, including mental health problems, debt and relationship breakdown'. Participation in gambling can range from social and recreational gambling to disordered, compulsive, pathological, or problem gambling. The continuum ranges from 'non-problem' to 'at risk' and 'problem gambling' (The Cochrane Collaboration 2012, p6). It is estimated that gambling-related harm affects six to ten individuals close to the problem gambler.

Problem gambling or gambling-related harms can affect many different areas of an individual’s life, but the impacts are also wider than the individual concerned, affecting social networks and society.

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

A report on gambling behaviour in England and Scotland describes the problem of quantifying problem gambling at a population level: 'there is no gold standard or commonly accepted way to measure problem gambling in population based surveys' (Seabury and Wardle, 2014).

This report offers two different modelled estimates, a national Gambling Commission (2015) estimate applied to Barnsley (0.8% prevalence) and Leeds Beckett University’s (Kenyon et al. 2016) Northern cities estimate (1.8%).

View the trend and comparator data charts.

It should be noted that Leeds is not a statistical neighbour of Barnsley, therefore direct comparisons to population estimates cannot be made. The demographics (race, religions, deprivation, age etc) of Leeds and the people interviewed will be different to those in Barnsley. Therefore, direct comparisons should not be made.

What we're doing and the assets or services we have

BMBC Public Health are embarking upon examining problem gambling in Barnsley and are in the process of establishing a task and finish group to verse this work.

The current treatment system for problem gambling for adults is commissioned through Gambleaware & Gamcare.  There is no NHS or Local Authority funded specialist treatment for problem gambling in Barnsley. However, the first NHS gambling clinic and support services, outside of London, opened in Leeds on the 18 September 2019. This specialist service will cover the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber and the Midlands area. 

The service will link in and collaborate with services already set up in the UK such as the national gambling helpline and local GamCare services. There will be a strong referral pathway between the Northern Gambling Clinic and GamCare services, with patients able to move in both directions, and in some cases care would be shared for a period.

In addition to the national helpline, the service has its own direct referral system, in addition to the usual routes of self-referral, GP referral, professional referral etc. Links with mental health services, the criminal justice system, the homeless community, and black and minority ethnic (BME) community would be made, in partnership with GamCare where appropriate. The service also has its own website with contact details, and resources for service users and their families.

Specialist support for gambling at Tier 1 (universal services) is provided through the GamCare Helpline/ net line including support, advice and signposting.  The only locally provided specialist service in Barnsley is Krysallis in partnership with GamCare who provide (Tier 2 and Tier 3) talking treatments utilising an evidence based model of care of extended brief interventions and psychosocial sessions.  Face to face, phone and online support is available and Krysallis also offer aftercare sessions. 

Opportunities for improvement or future development

Barnsley Council Public Health will take appropriate steps to comply with the suggestions made within the ‘tackling gambling related harm – a whole council approach’ guidance report and address the issue of harmful / problem gambling under the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Harmful / problem gambling will be included within the following council strategies:

  • Suicide prevention action plan
  • Homeless strategy
  • Domestic violence strategy
  • Statement of licencing policy (for gambling)
  • Anti-poverty action plan
  • Alcohol strategy

Problem gambling is often seen alongside other dependences and mental health difficulties, therefore it is likely that many problem gamblers are already receiving support from services in Barnsley. Sheffield Council has completed an audit of all front line services in the community, including primary care, and this is something the council’s Public Health service will replicate. The purpose of the audit will be to establish a baseline of how many organisations in Barnsley are equipped to identify, treat or refer problem gamblers. The results of the audit will be used to identify any actions needed to increase the capacity of local organisations to identify and help address problem gambling.

If it is identified from any service audits that there is a training need for front line staff (including primary care) in Barnsley, training can be provided free by Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau, and is in line with recommendations from the ‘tackling gambling related harm – a whole council approach’ guidance report.

Due to the high prevalence of young people experiencing issues with problem gambling nationally the council’s Public Health service will aim to include questions about gambling in to the health education and lifestyle survey 2019.

Using good examples from regional colleagues, mainly Leeds and their ‘Beat the Odds’ campaign, the council’s Public Health service will develop and roll out a local campaign around gambling related harms.

Resources and supporting documents

Road safety

Why this is important

The UK has a good record of reducing road casualties over the past 30 years, and was ranked third in Europe in 2017 for number of road deaths per million inhabitants. However, fatality reduction in the UK has plateaued since 2010, and in 2018, 1,782 people were killed as a result of road incidents in the UK, and a further 24,484 people were seriously injured. Road traffic collisions are a major cause of deaths in children and young people in the UK, comprising higher proportions of accidental deaths as children get older.

Road deaths are a tragedy for all affected. Road injury results in wide and long-term health consequences including physical disability, stress, cognitive or social impairment, lower educational attainment and lower employment prospects. The average medical and ambulance cost to the NHS are estimated to be approximately £14,000 for every serious road injury, although this excludes other costs related to long-term treatment, social care costs, social security costs and productivity losses. The total value of prevention of reported road injury accidents is estimated to be £12billion a year.

There are ongoing inequalities in injury rates across the UK. The highest rates of both hospital admissions and police-reported serious and fatal casualties result immediately after young people can start legally using cars and motorcycles. Males are at greater risk of being killed in traffic; more than three male children or young people die on the road for every female child or young person who dies. Children and young people who live in more deprived areas are at a much greater risk of road injury than children from the most affluent areas; more than one quarter of child pedestrian injuries across England occur in the most deprived wards.

Car occupants constitute the largest road user group and have the highest number of injuries and fatalities each year. However, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists have a much higher casualty rate (casualties per mile travelled) and fatality rate (fatalities per mile travelled) and are considered to be vulnerable road users.

Data from

Gov.uk - reducing unintentional injuries amongst children

Reported road casualties in Great Britan

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

  • In 2015/17, the proportion of people in Barnsley who were killed or seriously injured on roads (47.3 per 100,000) was significantly higher than the England rate of 40.8 per 100,000.
  • Out of 16 comparator authorities, Barnsley’s rate was the second highest.
  • In terms of numbers, the 2015/17 rate of 47.3 per 100,000 equates to approximately 114 people per year who were killed or seriously injured on roads.
  • The 2015/17 rate is the highest since 2009/11 when, on average, 77 people per year were killed or seriously injured on roads. The average for 2015/17 period was 114 per year.
  • In 2014-16, the proportion of alcohol related road traffic accidents was 24.2 per 1000 accidents, which is similar to the England rate of 26.4 per 1000

Children and young people

  • In 2015/17 the proportion of children under 16 who were killed or seriously injured on the roads (38.9 per 100,000) was significantly higher than the England rate of 17.4 per 100,000, and the highest rate out of 16 comparator authorities.
  • Between 2013/15 and 2016/17, the proportion of emergency admissions of motorcycle riders aged 0-24 years involved in road accidents Barnsley (18.3 per 100,000) was significantly higher than the England rate of 12.0 per 100,000 and the second highest out of 16 comparator authorities.
  • The proportion of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents aged 15-24 (2012-16) in Barnsley was 33.1 per 100,000, significantly higher than the England rate of 3 per 100,000 and third highest out of 16 comparator authorities.
  • The proportion of car occupants killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents aged 15-24 (2012-16) in Barnsley was 38.8 per 100,000, significantly higher than the England rate of 27.8 per 100,000 and fourth highest out of 16 comparator authorities.
  • The proportion of emergency admissions for pedal cyclists aged 0-24 (2012/13-16/17) was 8.7 per 100,000 which is significantly lower than the England rate of 13.3 per 100,000.

Data from

Public Health Outcomes Framework (indicator 1.10)

Public Health England Child and Maternal Health Profile

What we're doing and the assets or services we have

Within the Barnsley Council’s Corporate Plan 2017-2020 one of the stated aims is to ensure that children and adults in Barnsley are safe from harm.

Promoting road safety

Barnsley Council’s Transport Strategy 2014-2033 highlights their priority to promote safety, security and health in Barnsley. Barnsley Council is a member of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (SRP); a multi-agency, multi-functional partnership which includes the four local highway authorities in South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield), South Yorkshire Police (including South Yorkshire Safety Cameras), South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the Peak District National Park, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Highways England and the University of Sheffield. The primary objectives of this partnership are to reduce the number of people killed and injured as a result of a road traffic collision and to make South Yorkshire roads safer.

Road safety sessions

The SRP offers road safety sessions for year six students across the region and a young rider package offering advice and information via a new safer rider film and practical Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) plus at a heavily subsidised rate. In addition, training sessions are offered to businesses that have staff who drive for work purposes and Biker Down! first aid/first on scene training is offered to motorcycle riders. The SRP also provides quarterly casualty data analysis to support the prioritisation and development of interventions and provides communications support through the SRP website and social media channels and a campaigns calendar. The SRP attends events across South Yorkshire, targeting key audiences and utilising SRP assets such as the community engagement vehicle. The SRP also supports monitoring and evaluation through the use of the joint activity database which records schools delivery and RS Evaluate which collects, collates and analyses the data.

Delivering educational sessions

Barnsley Council employs two road safety technicians. In the 2018/19 academic year, road safety education was delivered by one technician in 29 of the 80 primary schools in Barnsley to 6,247 pupils (41% of all primary pupils). Education was also delivered to 324 secondary pupils and 1,151 college students. These age-specific education programmes aim to influence attitudes and behaviour and include practical pedestrian training and a young driver package to address attitudes and behaviours and help young drivers to gain additional skills.

The Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition Scheme (STARS) South Yorkshire project is free for all schools within Barnsley and promoted by the Council’s Sustainable Travel Officer. It works with pupils, parents and teachers to show the benefits of active travel and also includes identifying and addressing travel and transport issues to enable safer journeys for all. Currently 11 of the 80 primary schools in Barnsley participate in this scheme.

A total of 65 primary schools in Barnsley have been assessed for eligibility for School Crossing Patrol Wardens. Currently, there are 30 eligible schools which have Council funded morning and afternoon Crossing Patrol Wardens to assist children crossing the road on their way to and from school and one school self-funds a Crossing Patrol Warden.

Fatal incidents are all reported directly to the Council’s Transport Group and investigated. In addition, the Transport Group undertakes annual cluster site analysis to determine if road safety engineering measures are required.

Opportunities for improvement or future development

  • Education programmes delivered by the Council’s Road Safety Technicians are currently being reviewed, evaluated and amended to ensure they are relevant to contemporary road safety issues and will focus on secondary pupils in 2019/20.
  • The Junior Road Safety Officers programme within primary schools is being reintroduced during 2019/20 academic year.
  • Further analysis of the Barnsley casualty data is planned, to support prioritisation and development of interventions
  • Coordinated working between Barnsley Council’s Public Health Team,  Transport Team and partners engaged in the local sustainable travel agenda, is being further developed.
  • The use of publicity and local campaigns to deliver targeted road safety messages, including digital media is being considered.

Resources and supporting documents

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Data Portal

Social isolation

Why this is important

Loneliness is an increasingly important public health issue.Loneliness and social isolation can have a negative effect on our health, both mentally and physically. There are links between inequality and social isolation with many factors associated with this are unequally distributed in society.

Being cut off from social interaction is not only a problem for the elderly but also younger people, and the impact it has on our bodies is thought to be equivalent to smoking over a dozen cigarettes a day. Recent studies have shown that social isolation and loneliness are associated with a 50% excess risk of heart disease (Public Health England, 2015). Social isolation is the inadequate quality and quantity of social relations with other people at an individual, group and/ or community, whereas loneliness is an emotional perception that can be experienced by individuals regardless of the number of their social networks (Public Health England, 2015).

The Campaign to End Loneliness (2018) has described how loneliness and isolation can place individuals at a greater risk of cognitive decline and depression. People who experience loneliness are more likely to visit their GP, have a higher use of medication, higher incidence of falls and increased risk factors for long term care and chronic illness.

It is now possible to spend a day working, shopping or travelling without speaking to another human being and for some people this can be repeated day after day (HM Government, 2018). Our society is changing and we are experiencing a digital revolution which brings innovation, opportunities and possibilities to communicate and connect with others in ways that we have never seen before. However, we know that too many residents in Barnsley do not have the social connections they need or want.

The Barnsley picture and how we compare

  • In 2018/19, more than half (55.6%) of adult social care users (aged 18+) in Barnsley felt that they had as much social contact as they would like; significantly better than the England rate of 45.9% and the highest rate since 2010/11.

  • When compared to similar local authorities, Barnsley’s rate was the highest.

  • In terms of those aged over 65, a slightly higher proportion (56.1%) felt that they had as much social contact as they would like; again, significantly higher than the England rate of 43.5% and the highest of similar local authorities.

  • In respect of adult carers in Barnsley (aged 18+ and 65+), 32.6% and 37.1% (respectively) felt that they had as much social contact as they would like; similar to the England rates of 32.5% and 34.5%.

Link to data: PHE Productive Healthy Ageing Profile

What we're doing and the assets or services we have

The 2018 Director of Public Health Annual Report focussed on social connections and explored
how the world is changing and the importance of continuing to embrace digital and technological advances. The report contains examples of how individuals and organisations can improve our connections with others, plus it discusses how we need to change the way we connect with people in our communities.

All six Area Councils commission a social isolation service, commissioning different providers such as Age UK, B:Friend, Dial and the Royal Voluntary Service to provider slightly different services such as 121 befriending, emotional and practical support. Themes between the services include people aged 50 years plus, inventions within the home and skills and learning. Ward Alliances fund groups which provide activities that are not labelled as social isolation but are tackling the issue covertly. The Social Prescribing Service (commissioned by Barnsley CCG), is aligned to Area Council structures and supports resident’s wellbeing which includes, helping residents to engage with community activities, find work, training and volunteering opportunities.

Public Health is leading task and finish group which is exploring options for a borough wide approach to social isolation. Any strategy to prevent and tackle social isolation will link to other local and system developments and strategies such as: BMBC 2030, NHS Integrated Health and Wellbeing Teams and Primary Care Teams and Age Friendly Barnsley.

Opportunities for improvement or future development

The ‘Are you Contactless’ annual report contains the following recommendations for Barnsley;

  • That we work with the Government to establish a clearer picture of the prevalence of loneliness through the development of a new national measure that we monitor locally and set a target to reduce.
  • Ensure that the local social prescribing service, My Best Life, helps residents to connect with community support to restore social contact in their lives.
  • That any evaluations from the many projects established to improve our connections with others within Area Councils are shared for future learning and to help build our local knowledge around what works.
  • We will develop a local campaign which aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness of the importance of our connections with others, on our physical and mental health and wellbeing, for example it costs nothing to say ‘hello’.
  • We will work with local employers to develop business champions who can tackle loneliness in the workplace.
  • We will consider how tackling loneliness can be embedded in all our strategic plans and decision making through the Health and Wellbeing Board.
  • Ensure that the Health and Wellbeing Board is fully sighted on loneliness locally and the steps we need to take to improve our connections.
  • Step up our public health support to Area Councils commissions and grants.
  • Develop the evidence-base around the impact of different initiatives in tackling loneliness, across all ages and within all communities.

Resources and supporting documents

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Why this is important

Engagement in learning and educational attainment is critical if young people are to make a success of their lives. Evidence shows that being not in education, employment or training (NEET) between the ages of 16 and 18 is a major predictor of later unemployment, low income, teenage motherhood, depression and poor physical and mental health. Young people who are NEET are at risk of not achieving their potential, economically or socially.

National research by York University suggests that there is a reasonable expectation that one in six young people who are NEET will never secure long-term employment, with the average individual lifetime public finance cost of a young person who is NEET at £56,300 equating to £12 billion across all young people who are NEET. The total associated loss to the economy, individuals and their families is just over £22 billion. 

The Barnsley picture and how we compare 

One of the key outcomes wanted for residents is that all are in education, employment or training at the end of compulsory education. Increasing the participation of Barnsley’s young people in learning and employment contributes to improved social mobility as well as stimulating economic growth.

To support more young people studying and gaining the skills and qualifications that lead to sustainable jobs and reduce the risk of them becoming NEET, legislation was included in 2013 to raise the participation age as contained within the Education and Skills Act 2008. This required that from 2013 all young people remain in some form of education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.

  • The proportion of Barnsley’s 16 and 17 year old cohort who are NEET, or are Not Known (NK), is 4.9%.
  • This data represents a three-month average during winter 2018/19 (December, January and February).
  • Barnsley’s rate of 4.9% represents a notable improvement when compared to performance last year (5.6%), falling by 0.7 percentage points.
  • Barnsley has therefore outperformed both regional (6.0%) and national (5.5%), which shows that improvements in the borough are taking place at a faster rate than comparators.

What we're doing and the assets or services we have

Success in reducing the proportion of NEET 16/17 years olds has resulted from:

  • Establishment of quarterly Post-16 provider partnership meetings to strengthen provider collaboration with each other and with the Council.
  • Establishment of monthly NEET panel with providers to discuss placement of young people at risk of becoming NEET.
  • Revision of the data sharing agreement between providers and the council to ensure appropriate data about young people’s engagement is transferred in a timely fashion.
  • Revised case load management in the council’s Targeted Information Advice and Guidance (TIAG) Team to focus on early support for young people once destination expiry dates pass.
  • A Progression Support Officer post being added to the TIAG team to provide ‘triage’ of young people whose current destination has not been confirmed. This has allowed the council’s Support Officers to focus capacity on supporting those we know to be NEET.
  • Development of a cohesive summer school offer to promote opportunities for those with a place for September.

Opportunities for improvement or future development

The recently commenced European funded programme, Pathways to Progression, provides further capacity to work with those who are NEET and some way from the labour market. This programme also provides a small sum of funding for each participant to offer highly personalised support.

The More and Better Jobs Employer Promise is engaging increasing numbers of employers to offer of employability opportunities that can be incorporated into plans to support NEET young people.

The recently awarded Business Education Alliance bid will increase capacity to support small and medium sized enterprises to offer employability opportunities that will add to those forming the Employer Promise.