Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation of Substance Misuse Work - Leicestershire Youth Offending Service

About This Report:

The aim of this evaluation is to use the principles of Social Return on Investment (SROI) to evaluate the value of the substance misuse work within Leicestershire's Youth Offending Service. The evaluation calculated that the substance misuse work creates a Social Return of approximately £4 for every £1 invested, within 2 years. The outcomes that created the most value were:

• Reducing the cost to the health service of treating substance misuse
• Reducing the cost of offending to the Criminal Justice System (YOS, Police, Courts, Custody)
• Reducing DWP costs of supporting disengaged young people
• Reducing the impact of offending for young people (predominantly those on referral orders)
• Improving future prospects for young people (predominantly those on pre-referral orders)

For more information please contact:

Joëlle Bradly
Research and Insight Team
Leicestershire County Council
Tel: 0116 305 5883


Chris Bolas
Youth Offending Service
Leicestershire County Council
Tel: 0116 305 2633
Email: uk

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