Against the odds: re-engaging young people in education, employment or training: a guide for councils' overview and scrutiny function

Audit Commission
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This guidance, provided by the Audit Commission, is intended for members of scrutiny committees or panels and the officers who support them. It provides the framework for a scrutiny review of action taken to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Carrying out such a scrutiny exercise will help identify priority areas for action, and identify areas for cost savings through reducing waste and duplication. The questions in the framework are based on the findings of the Audit Commission study Against the Odds which aims to help councils and their partners take on their new responsibilities for 16-19 funding, challenge current activities and use resources effectively to tackle NEET levels. Reasons for putting the topic under scrutiny and factors that would indicate the need for scrutiny are outlined. Suggested scrutiny questions are given. These are divided into four themes: understanding the NEET population; taking an area based approach to reducing NEET levels; making commissioning decisions; and targeting and collaboration. Guidance is given for evidence collection when planning for scrutiny review.

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local authorities, performance evaluation, unemployment, training, young adults, young people, commissioning, education, employment;
Content type:
practice guidance
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