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NEETs in the South West – Policy Review

SW Councils brings together Members to ensure the best deal for their areas and strengthen the local voice at regional and national levels. As part of their role, Members take an interest in various policy issues of strategic significance to the whole region.

The South West Councils Business Committee agreed to undertake a policy review to explore arrangements for children and young people (aged 16 to 18) who are not in (or at risk of leaving) education, employment or training (NEET). The issue of young people aged 16 to 18 who are NEET remains a persistent challenge regionally and locally, as does their transition into adulthood. Being NEET can lead to long-term health problems, long term unemployment, poverty and criminality. It has adverse consequences on society and the economy and costs the UK millions of pounds every year.

Members carried out an extensive process of evidence gathering, culminating in a Regional Workshop in December. The Workshop enabled Members to explore potential routes for better inter-agency and local authority collaboration, and consider how the committee’s report could inform the work of a range of organisations. The day combined keynote presentations with small workgroup discussions, which encompassed a range of topics including:

  • Preventative measures and trends
  • Provision for NEETs by local authorities and regional partners
  • Support for the transition into adulthood

The final report and recommendations can be downloaded here.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the review please contact Sarah Brady sarah.brady@swcouncils.gov.uk 

Terms of Reference for the Review can be downloaded here.

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