At Catch22, we are focusing our campaigning work on a number of key areas. Find out about our recent work via the links below.
Catch22 is building an immediate response to the youth unemployment crisis.
We are seeking forward-thinking partners to help young people facing barriers to work find training and employment. Together, we can help those with complex social barriers, where government schemes won’t be enough. We want to support 20,000 young people facing complex barriers to work into employment or training across Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham over the next three years.
Catch22 has an ambitious reform agenda. We want to reform the youth employment system in order to level the playing field for every young person out of work. Our Chief Development Officer, Mat Ilic, explains why.
Our Partnerships Manager Milly Harrison explores the catch-22 of finding work experience - and how our partnership with Salesforce and Movement to Work is helping those with barriers to work gain valuable experience.
Catch22Minutes is Catch22’s new podcast. In each 22-minute episode, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We will be speaking to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.
Young peoples' exposure to violent and explicit content online increased through lockdown
London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) commissioned an in-depth exploration of online harms, ‘acceptable’ use and regulation, that included the voices and experiences of young people, whose voices were missing from the body of existing research. The Social Switch Project carried out interviews with vulnerable children and young people that use its services, frontline youth workers, police and tech platforms.
Two million households are without access to the internet and 22% of the UK population lack basic digital skills. From increasing isolation amongst the elderly, to limiting education, digital exclusion is only growing existing social inequalities.
Catch22 and Nominet have partnered with Bean Research to create a series of four insights papers to explore the barriers to digital skills and access for some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK, and how this may impact those who are looking for employment.
Four schools in Salford have joined a pilot of The Social Switch Project: a multi-layered social media education programme that aims to empower and educate frontline practitioners in online behaviour and support young people to live pro-social and harm free lives.
Catch22 approaches child exploitation (including county lines) and missing using the same model
And in fact, we find that when these services are commissioned together, we’re able to have far more impact. Our key workers build holistic trusting relationships through individual and therapeutic support, group activities, and signposting to other services.
Catch22 Missing Services show a significant increase in the proportion of missing incidents caused by children and young people’s emotional wellbeing. The latest research demonstrates the urgent need for timely access to mental health support to improve safeguarding.
We have created a series of posters for you to download, print off and share with your networks. The materials are most relevant for professionals who work with children, but are useful for anybody who wants to know more about Child Exploitation and Missing From Home.
Our resettlement and gangs services supported approximately 35,000 people in custody in 2019/20.
Our work in prisons is informed by our understanding of the whole system – we understand the barriers to rehabilitation and the opportunities to intervene early. We care about giving people with convictions a better future, but also supporting victims. We recently submitted evidence on the "Future of the Probation Service" using our expertise in this area.
Despite the challenges of 2020, over the last year the Catch22 Justice teams have engaged with 44,981 individuals across its services. The 2019/20 Justice Annual Review looks in more detail at the difference this has made across services including offender management, resettlement, victims services, violence reduction and gangs.
The Government's Prisons Strategy White Paper includes a commitment to improved education and employment support in prison and for those being released. Catch22's Director of Justice, Lisa Smitherman, reacts to the paper.
Wisdom Wednesdays is Catch22's Justice blog series covering topics from hate crime to restorative justice to working in our Justice services and more. Find and catch up on the latest entries in the series here.
Catch22 delivers specialist victim support services
Our innovative, localised services work across child and criminal exploitation, substance misuse and gangs intervention to meet the needs of their area. We also deliver more general victim support services including emotional and practical support, restorative justice, advocacy, safety planning and guidance to victims of crime and antisocial behaviour as well as domestic abuse, sexual violence and fraud.
Ahead of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 and in the wake of a number of high-profile violent attacks on women, Catch22's Head of Victim Services Emma Jones discusses the motivations behind violence against women and girls and what is needed to see change.
Our experience tells us that people engage best with a service that operates flexibly around their needs which is why our models provide a responsive service. We involve victims in the design and continuous improvement of our services, and draw on Catch22’s unique experience delivering a broad range of public services.
Beacon Family Hub to address child-on-parent violence
Following increasing domestic abuse cases during the Covid-19 lockdowns, Beacon Victim Care has identified urgent gaps in provision for local families. Addressing the gap in support, the Beacon Family Hub will include group parent programmes, one-to-one support for children and parents, and restorative interventions for the whole family.
We are intent on delivering our frontline services well – then capturing the experience and learning from our service delivery. This enables us to argue from a position of strength how public services can be better designed and delivered, achieving better outcomes for those who use them. Ultimately, this activity allows us to build an evidence base we need to drive our end of game: government adoption of better public services.
In 2021, Catch22 and Hatch Enterprise are coming together to launch the CatchXHatch Procurement Accelerator. Our goal is to support social ventures to win public sector contracts. Selected ventures will participate in an intensive year-long programme, followed by six months of post-programme support.
We want to be in the best shape to support those most vulnerable as the country rebuilds. Catch22 has become the newest addition to the Social Business Trust's portfolio. SBT will support us to achieve our ambition of becoming the engine room of public service innovation in the UK.
Catch22's Review of the Year 2020 reflects the collective efforts of our colleagues, partners, funders and commissioners to deliver services and support individuals across the country. This report demonstrates the impact that has been made on lives and communities over the last year.