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.
With the support of Rothschild Foundation, the Horizons programme will be able to expand its reach and help more people who are facing challenges – whether that’s homelessness, poor mental health, low education attainment or other barriers – into meaningful work.
Young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of serious violence are set to benefit from a new employability programme delivered by Catch22, The Prince’s Trust and Apprentice Nation. Creating Opportunities will help up to 1,500 young people develop the skills they need to make a successful transition into work, training and apprenticeships.
In May 2021, the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee called for evidence that explores how to help create and protect jobs for young people, and to ensure they are equipped with the education and skills needed in today’s labour market
The need for safe access to devices and data is greater than ever.
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.
There is an urgent need to recognise what young people want to see to make for a safer online world. We will be using the insights from our early-stage consultation to conduct further research, influencing the development of future programmes and existing services.
Catch22, Nominet and Livity have partnered on a year-long research project to gain deeper insights into the barriers to digital skills and access for some of the most disadvantaged groups in the UK, looking at the root causes for why so many young people remain excluded from work, specifically within digital roles.
The Social Switch Project trains 1000 professionals
Teachers, police officers, and social workers are amongst the 1000 professionals across London have completed training in social media and online harms through The Social Switch Project. The Social Switch Project supports young people to thrive online.
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.
All children are vulnerable as they are reliant on being cared for, but not all children will be exposed to risk which preys on their vulnerability. In March, Catch22 provided a video response to the Lord's Public Service Committee inquiry into the role public services in addressing childhood vulnerability. Here, you can watch our video submission, or read a transcript of our response.
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.
Inclusion22 supports children of substance misusing parents or carers across Hampshire. With substance-related deaths on the rise, prevention for children at risk must be a priority, says Emma Norman, Catch22's Assistant Director for Youth People and Families.
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.
Catch22 has been awarded 9 contracts to deliver personal wellbeing support for prison leavers on licence, those requiring post-sentence supervision and those serving community or suspended sentences. The contracts form part of the Ministry of Justice’s Commissioned Rehabilitative Services.
Catch22 has been successful in securing funding as part of a cross-government project to improve outcomes for prison leavers. The Ministry of Justice’s Local Leadership and Integration Fund (LLIF) supports locally-led pilots and Catch22 will focus on the London region.
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.