We have recently completed the evaluation of two Pathfinder programmes, which aimed to provide support to children and young people from racially minoritised communities who were negatively affected by Covid-19. The programmes were funded by the Youth Justice Board and delivered in Brent and Newham by local authorities working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector and other key organisations. They involved direct support to children and young people through 1-to-1 mentoring and counselling, as well as group-based and universal wellbeing and transition support in schools. They also promoted improvements within local systems via work to understand and promote the experiences and perspectives of young people, and via training for local staff in topics such as cultural humility and trauma-informed approaches.
We were pleased to have had the opportunity to contribute to a webinar hosted by the Youth Justice Board to share learning from the Pathfinder programmes. We highlighted key evaluation findings on reach and impact, as well as recommendations for future similar programmes. You can watch the webinar on the YJB’s YouTube channel