The way ahead for a brighter future
“Mothers reported that their children’s behaviour had improved while they were on the Re-Unite project and that the referral of their children by key workers to specialist support services had been very helpful” (Gelsthorpe, Evaluation Report 2010)
Judy Renshaw, an independent researcher and analyst. Dr Renshaw has conservatively estimated that for every pound spent on service users last year, more than double this amount was saved (£2.22) with even greater cost savings expected in the longer term.
“…our impression is that the focus of the work is much more on facilitating change rather than making direct provision. An element of practical help continues, but the emphasis [is on] doing things with service users rather than doing things for service users. Clearly, the aim here is to help service users achieve self-reliance“(Gelsthorpe, Evaluation Report 2010)
“…the largest savings occurred in reduced re-offending and less use of emergency housing and local authority child care”.(Dr Renshaw, Cost benefits report, 2011)
“Most [children] had been living with family members while the mother was in prison. Twelve of the 16 had previously been receiving support from social services but this had ceased [after 3 months] with support from the project. So the project led to a saving of social services involvement of nine months for each of the twelve children, making a total saving of £133,474 [in the first year]”
(Dr Renshaw, Cost benefits report, 2011)
A Summary Report of Professor Gelsthorpe’s evaluation is also available