Connexions makes joint working breakthrough

Improved joint working has been cited in a new survey as one of
the main achievements of Connexions partnerships since they were
set up, writes Amy Taylor.

The study of phase two and three Connexions partnerships found
that 49 per cent of stakeholders said that joint working was one of
the main things that had improved.

Other findings show that stakeholders, which include
representatives from social services, the probation service and
local education authorities, were divided over whether Connexions
had an impact on their organisation. While 54 per cent reported at
least a fair amount of impact, 43 per cent said there had been a
negligible impact.

The main reason given for this, particularly in phase 3 schemes,
was the short time since the partnerships were set up.

One fifth of stakeholders said that a lack of staff and personal
advisers and insufficient time with individuals were problems with
the service for young people. A reduction in service to the
majority in favour of those most in need was also highlighted by 12
per cent.

Just over a quarter of  young people said that there was a lack
of awareness of Connexions.

The study, which is second part of research carried out for the
Department for Education and Skills and due to be completed in the
summer, surveyed 1,691 stakeholders and almost 500 young

Report available here

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