Measuring effectiveness

Choosing outcomes that contribute to broader local strategic outcomes

Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion (YJLD) schemes may wish to choose outcomes from the framework below. One or more of these outcomes may also be a broader strategic outcomes in a local area, for example, domain 4 wider determinants of health-truancy rates.

In each locality there will be a range of strategic outcomes that local key partners are focused on. Each local scheme will need to be aware of these outcomes by linking to public health colleagues and other local partners and the YJLD scheme may wish contribute to these.

Outcomes have been identified for each of the four domains highlighted below, YJLD schemes do not need to contribute to all of these outcomes but they are highlighted to serve as possible outcomes to consider and to discuss with local partners.

Outcome: A child/young person is developing well
Here we have the short-term outcomes and indicators that show that progress is being made in achieving the outcome:

Family relationships, parenting
  • A child or young person:
    • has a positive, long-standing relationship with at least one significant adult
    • has improved emotional skills
    • is living in suitable and stable accommodation
    • is not putting him or herself at risk through his/her sexual behaviour or through excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs
  • Parents have improved confidence and skills in positive parenting
  • Reduced school exclusions
  • Number of YOS clients who are registered as persistent absentees from school
  • YOS clients who attend full time education
  • CYP from triage supported into or in employment
  • Reduced out of home placements or detention
  • Reduced placements in children’s homes
  • Reduced placements in custodial settings
  • Reduced placements in secure psychiatric units
  • Reduced number of under 18 year olds in police custody suites overnight
  • Improved mental health and emotional well being of those engaged through triage
  • Reduced number of Looked After Children (LAC) entering YJS
  • % of children at risk of entering LAC system remain with families
outcome: To prevent/reduce offending Youth Justice System/Mental Health Diversion
Indicators that show progress towards outcome:
  • Numbers engaged in restorative justice in the local authority
  • Numbers diverted from YJS via triage
  • Numbers diverted via YJLD
    • From youth justice system
    • From custody
  • Reduced recidivism
  • Reduced instances of Anti social behaviour
  • Reduced crime in the borough
  • Number of young people in the Youth Justice System
  • Reduced number of cases coming to court
  • Reduced YOT caseloads
Outcome: Equality issues are addressed properly in the Youth Justice System.
Indicators that show progress towards outcome:
Domain 3a:
Joint youth justice/health outcomes
  • Percentage of referrals where services are successful at engaging young people (NB will involve setting up systems for feedback from services to which young people are referred- - broken down by agency?
Domain 3b:
Participation and satisfaction outcomes and diversity
  • Increase in victim involvement/satisfaction (local baseline would need to be identified)
Possible output indicator for evidence that project is accessible to BME young people
  • Number of young people from BME groups being screened (compared with the proportion of BME youth in the local community) and, where necessary, supported.
Outcome: Reducing health inequalities for children/young people.
Indicators that show progress towards outcome:
Domain 4a: Tackling the wider determinants of ill health Improvement areas
  • New entrants to Youth Justice System by 18 years of age
  • Rates of young people not in education, employment or training at 16 and 18 years of age
  • Truancy rates
  • Incidents of domestic abuse**
  • Older people’s perception of community safety**
  • Reduction in proven offending
  • Rates of violent crime, including sexual violence
  • The percentage of the population affected by environmental, neighbour and neighbourhood noise
  • Sustained employment
  • Improvement in mental and physical well-being
  • Improved relationships with partners and friends
  • Rate of children linked with additional educational support
  • Reduction in school exclusions
Domain 4b: Health improvement. Improvement areas
  • Rate of hospital admissions per 100,000 for alcohol and related harm
  • Hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries to 5-18 year olds
  • Number leaving drug treatment free? of drug(s) of dependence
  • Number of 10-17 year olds that say they have mis used substances (drugs and alcohol) in the last month
  • Under 18 conception rates
  • Self reported well-being
  • Young people are living a more healthy life?
Domain 4c: Prevention of ill health
  • Rate of hospital admissions as a result of self harm
  • Screening uptake of Healthy Child national screening programme
  • Chlamydia diagnosis rates per 100,000 young adults age 15-24
  • Number of children and young people who smoke
  • Freedom from dependence on drugs and alcohol
Domain 4d: Health life expectancy and preventable mortality
  • Suicide rate for 10-17 year olds
  • Mortality rate of people with serious mental illness
  • Prevention of drug related deaths and blood borne viruses

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