How will the UK make progress on improving the life chances of its most vulnerable young people? The answer depends on knowing – based on solid evidence – who the most vulnerable are.
To that end, Social Finance, Newcastle City Council, and Impetus-PEF have launched New Insights Into Improving Outcomes for At Risk Youth: The Newcastle Experience, a rigorous analysis of 8000 17-19 year olds in Newcastle which identifies the risk factors that best predict becoming NEET and a range of other poor outcomes.
The wider implication of this analysis is that government can clearly identify which school pupils are most likely to become NEET as young adults, and can effectively target scarce resources to them. Several new government programmes offer strong opportunities to make use of these insights.