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National Evaluation of the Youth Justice Board's Parenting Programme: Reconviction Study

Background

This project complements the National Evaluation of the YJB's Parenting Programme, already undertaken by the Policy Research Bureau. This secondary project focuses on collating and analysing data on (re)convictions for a sample of young people whose parents have participated in the Parenting Programme. While the main study addressed important issues of implementation and process, this reconviction study allows us to concentrate on the possible impact of schemes on the recidivism rates of young people whose families are referred to the projects - a key aim of all the YJB's intervention programmes.

What does the research focus on?

For the purposes of the reconviction study, we are focusing on the officially recorded offending of a sample of young people whose parents were referred to a Development Fund parenting project during the period 1 July 2000 to 31 December 2000. We are only including Yots who remain in the Parenting Programme (ie have a 'live' project that offered a direct service to parents: n = 36 at May 2001), and we are including all parents (and their index child) who were referred to a project via a Yot - irrespective of whether there was a Parenting Order in force or not.

What does the research involve?

To carry out the study, we are visiting each Youth Offending Team with a Development Fund parenting project, to collect some basic standardised data on the sample of young people and their parents. The Police National Computer is also being checked by researchers at the Home Office on our behalf, and data concerning offending and re-offending is being provided. The sample will be followed in the central criminal records for a period of 12 months. These data will be analysed by us (no one else will have access to them) and the results will inform our conclusions from the whole National Evaluation project. For the analyses, we will look at the results at the level of the programme (or types of programmes) to try to disentangle some patterns in the results and see if certain features of programmes are particularly useful. All reporting will be at the aggregate level: an individual's personal data will not be disclosed at any point to anyone outside the research team.

Timescale and final products of the research

July - September 2001: Researchers from the team visited the relevant Yots and collected the data from the files on (a) parents and (b) young people.

October 2001: The sample of young people was split into two batches to allow us to process the first batch very quickly to feed into the March 2002 main evaluation report. In October 2001 the data relating to the first half of the group of young people was submitted to the Home Office, who returned the results of the search in January 2002.

March 2002: PRB submitted the National Evaluation report to the Home Office containing analysis relating to the first half of the sample.

Summer 2002: The data relating to the second half of the group of young people was submitted to the Home Office, and further analysis on the whole group continued into the autumn, to test and confirm the results presented in March.

A full report on both waves of the study was submitted to the Youth Justice Board in 2002; enquires about publication availability should be directed to the board.


Last updated July 2004