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Creating opportunities for young people - commissioning for 2015-2020

We have reviewed the services we provide for young people and how these meet the changing needs of our community. As a result of thorough evaluation, taking into account the views of our colleagues, partners and young people, we are now introducing a new way of delivering these services.

The model for 2015 to 2020 has been approved by Cabinet and will be phased in from April 2015 through to January 2016. It focuses on our goal of 'employability for all young people' and we have developed an outcomes framework to support this.

You can find out more about each of the services that will be available and how they will be delivered; either in-house or through an external provider (which could be an extension of an existing contract or we could be going out to market for new providers).

From April 2014:

  • Supported Accommodation (market): to ensure sufficient, safe and high quality supported accommodation is available for young people aged 16 and 17 who have become homeless/ are in housing need.

From April 2015:

  • 16-19 Education and Skills (in-house): to ensure sufficient good quality education and training provision for all young people aged 16-19.
  • 16-25 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) (in-house): to ensure sufficient good quality education and training provision for young people aged 16-25 with SEND.
  • Youth Democracy (in-house): to ensure young people's voices are heard on a county-wide and national level in relation to issues that affect and are important to them in order to influence decision making and improve services.
  • Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development (SOLD) (in-house): to build the resilience and employability skills of young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET in local communities.
  • Community Youth Work (in-house): high quality youth work delivered from youth centres across Surrey and in local communities in response to locally identified needs and priorities.
  • Active Surrey (in-house): to promote participation in sport and physical activity in Surrey.
  • Youth Support Service (YSS) (in-house): this service uses a case management approach in order to support vulnerable young people across Surrey. Youth support officers work with young people on a one-to-one basis to identify needs, interests and barriers to participation which are used to inform an action plan. The YSS works in a restorative, holistic, co-produced and family centred way. This service links to the community skills commission as YSS teams will deliver the Ready for Work programme alongside colleagues from community youth work.
  • Appropriate Adults (market): to ensure all young people aged 10-17 who are held under arrest at any Surrey Police station have access to an appropriate adult when no parent, guardian or other adult carer is available or are unable, due to circumstance, to fulfil this role. Appropriate adults will also be available for return interviews for young people who have been missing.

From September 2015:

  • Online CEIAG: to complement statutory CEIAG with a universal online offer to inform the career decisions of all Surrey young people.
  • Work Based Social Enterprise (in-house): to employ, train and develop young people who would otherwise be not in education, employment or training (NEET).
  • Online Youth Platform (market - contract extension with current provider): to engage all young people in Surrey with information, peer to peer advice and guidance to inform the key decisions that they need to make as they grow up.
  • Timebank (market): removes barriers to employability for young people and improves wellbeing for older people.
  • Local Prevention (market): to a) build the resilience of young people and remove identified barriers to their future employability, as part of Surrey's early help arrangements, and b) build the resilience of young people who are at risk of becoming NEET in local communities.
  • Healthy Young Surrey (in-house): to ensure that young people are able to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes and self esteem and are able to access appropriate health care in their local area.
  • Community Skills (in-house): this commission brings together the Ready for Work programme, skills centres, community reparation, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, gypsy skills and the Alternative Learning Programme (ALP) to enhance quality, consistency, accessibility and to secure increased external funding.

From January 2016:

  • Year 11-12 (market): to support young people identified as at risk of becoming NEET in Year 11 into sustainable post 16 education, training or employment.

Services for Young People transformation 2009 - 2013

From 2009 to 2013 Services for Young People reduced spend by 25% (£4.5 million), yet still improved outcomes for young people. Birmingham University and Governance International have recently published an evaluation of this transformation. You can read the full evaluation, which highlights the service's key achievements and lessons learnt, or read the summary version here.

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  • Updated: 18 Jan 2017
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