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A framework of outcomes for young people

Young people are living, learning and negotiating transitions to adulthood and independence in an increasingly complex and challenging world, in which they face greater levels of choice and opportunity, but also unprecedented uncertainty and risk. This calls for empowered, resilient young people, who play an active role in navigating these paths.

There is substantial and growing evidence that developing social and emotional capabilities supports the achievement of positive life outcomes, including educational attainment, employment and health. Capabilities such as resilience, communication, and negotiation are also increasingly cited as being the
foundations of employability. Evidence shows that approaches that focus on building social and emotional capabilities such as these can have greater long-term impact than ones that focus on directly seeking to reduce the ‘symptoms’ of poor outcomes for young people. Yet, at the same time the very services that most explicitly focus on supporting young people to develop these capabilities are under unprecedented financial pressure. At a time of financial austerity, demonstrating how services improve outcomes, and reduce costs to the public purse, will be attractive to providers and commissioners alike.