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#Prospects2014: Best Public/Private Partnership at 2014 LGC Awards

09 December 2014

Today our look back is a highlight from March 2014, when the successful of the partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Prospects was awarded best Public/Private Partnership at the national 2014 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards.

In Gloucestershire, the targeted youth support service is provided through a unique partnership - the first of its kind in England - between Prospects and the county council. More than 90% of young people supported by the team say it has made a difference to their lives. In addition to this, 93% have reduced their drug and alcohol consumption as a result of working with the Youth Support Team.

The 2014 LGC Awards are the biggest celebration of innovation and talent across British councils. The award ceremony was held in London and attended by more than 80 organisations which had been shortlisted for their work to improve public services. The LGC judges said: "The judges were impressed with this brave, unique and authentic partnership. The council has a clear strategy of targeted integrated services for vulnerable young people and saw the potential of developing a long term partnership with the private sector to deliver this service. Both partners are aware of the high risks associated with this approach but managed with them well. The results are impressive delivery significant cost savings and greater improved outcomes for young people. This innovative approach providing a possible model fit for today’s challenges."

Find out more about the innovative Gloucestershire Youth Support Team, which includes integrated teams of social workers, youth offending officers, youth workers, family support officers, health and careers specialists working with police and probation officers to support around 6,000 vulnerable young people in the county.

#Prospects2014 is part of our ongoing series, looking back at this year’s highlights. Follow us on Twitter (@ProspectsGroup) and join in the conversation.

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