Why New Beginnings?
Principal areas of impact:
The following areas have been identified as the principal areas of impact: social welfare; mental health and welfare; economic and societal impact.
So far, we have worked with a total of 79 families. However, 19 families left before the mid-way point. This means that our current rate of retention is 76%.
The following data relates to the 60 families (76%), (60 parents & 103 children) we have worked with who have completed the programme. The data below relates to the impact the project has had on their lives:
Social Welfare Impact
● 66% of parents who have completed NB have reduced or ended social care intervention by the end of the 24 week programme (40/60 = 66%);
● 35% of parents had no social care involvement by the end of our intervention (21/60 = 35%)
● 83% of our families remained together (50/60= 83%);
● 85% of families are re-united by the end of our intervention (children rehabilitated home from foster care) (11/13 = 84.6%)
● All of our parents felt their confidence had improved by the end of our intervention (peer mentor data: 28/28= 100%);
● 86% of parents felt their knowledge about rights and justice had improved (52/60 = 86%);
● 46% of parents moved onto employment or further education at the end of our intervention 28/60 = 46%).
The main reason why social care intervention has reduced or ended for 40 out of 60 parents is because professionals have reported significant reduction in risks associated with changes in parents’ ability to parent, in their confidence, and in dealing with problems, such as substance misuse, or troubled relationships with partners and wider family. In some situations, as parents have stopped receiving
social care intervention, they have informed us that they now feel more socially included and have a better understanding of their legal rights.
Mental Health and Welfare Impact
63% of parents experienced reduced isolation and stigmatisation as a result of group work and/or peer mentor support (38/60 = 63%);
86% of parents reported reduced drug/ alcohol use (25/29 = 86%);
63% parents reported their emotional and well-being needs had improved through therapeutic work and counselling (38/60= 63%);
66% of children were reported to have improved developmental and health outcomes at the end of our intervention (40/60= 66%)
We work with mothers and fathers in the child protection system. Parents have said that being with other parents who are going through similar situations reduces their feelings of stigma and isolation.
Reduced financial spending of health and social care services (£1: £6.13);
Reduced financial spending for social care services (£1: £2.15);
increased income for families (17/60 = 28%).
In 2020, Greater Manchester Combined Authority conducted a cost benefit analysis on the families we had worked with up until that point. It was estimated that New Beginnings had saved Stockport Council an estimated as £670,000. This means that for every £1 that has been spent by other multi agency services in Stockport, New Beginnings had saved them £6.13. The public value figure considers savings to services such as police; housing; mental health; drugs and alcohol; education etc. It is estimated that New Beginnings has saved Stockport Social Care circa £245,000. This means that for every £1 social care services spent, New Beginnings saved £2.15. In addition, at the time of writing, 17 of the 60 parents have returned to employment which they state has left them feeling a sense of pride and personal achievement as well as increased income for some families.
Updated 15th of May 2022