Asset Mapping Exercise

Funded by Youth Federation 

The Coalition and post Coalition welfare reforms in England have provided an opportunity to examine the ways in which young people’s services can be improved through better coordination of existing provision.  Building upon strategic changes in in the national policy context (Brooks, 2013; Cabinet Office, 2010; Department for Education, 2011) for: cost beneficence, increased focus on the community for service delivery (Coote, 2010) and interagency work (Shaheen & Kersley, 2011); the Youth Federation has sought to broaden its social return on investment (SROI) through a number of projects and activities including: SUSTAIN, ASPIRE and CYL. 

To reduce “organisational silos” (HM T&C&LG, 2010) and improve the alignment of services the Youth Federation seeks to map current youth service provision across its delivery area of Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral. The delivery areas of the Youth Federation contrast in economic, social and geographic terms. Based on the Indices of Deprivation 2010 rank scores for Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) the Youth Federation supports young people from the least and most deprived areas of England. With some LSOAs ranking in the top 5% of deprived areas and other LOSAs ranking in the bottom 5% of deprived areas (DCLG, 2010). The range of townships, urban and industrial environments present a range of challenges to the provision and distribution of these services across diverse groups of young people. 

Based on literature (Goldsmith et al, 1997; Waters & Moore, 2002; and Winefield et al, 1992) and practical findings that suggest that improving the self-esteem and quality of life will translate into sustainable outcomes such as reducing the number of young people that are NEET (not in education, employment or training); the Youth Federation aims to enhance the social and personal wellbeing of young people in their service delivery areas. In the spirit of a partnership, this exercise is part of an approach to local service delivery that demonstrates more effective, tailored and joined up support for young people. Beside the return for individuals, this approach offers potential benefits and improved outcomes for society and local communities, both now and in the future (HM Government, 2011).

Principal Investigator: 

Dr Jane McKay

Researcher:

Emma Arya-Manesh