Learning and Evaluation
“Pause intervention is significantly effective at meeting its aims and the analysis of potential cost savings suggests it is also likely to be highly cost beneficial.”
Detailed findings from initial pilot projects in Hull, Doncaster and London show:
- Pause has supported 137 women – without the intervention of Pause, this group of women would have been likely to have had 27 more children taken into care per year at a cost of over £1.5 million a year to the tax payer.
- If every women in England who had had two or more children removed could work with Pause, more than £2.5 billion could be saved over the five years.
- Every £1 invested in Pause is yielding a return of a minimum of £9 over five years.
- Dramatic improvement in the health and well-bring of Pause women who complete the programme.
Analysis from the recent OPCIT report show that the outcomes of Pause intervention demonstrates an improvement in key social issues affecting the women Pause works with. These include:
- Substance misuse – 51% of Pause women had a drug misuse problem and 20% had an alcohol misuse problem – 57% of Pause women had a substance misuse problem overall. This was stabilised or reduced for 65% of these women.
- Domestic violence – 44% of Pause women had domestic violence issues. This was improved for 88% of these women.
- Mental health – 83% of Pause women had mental health issues. This was improved for 73% of these women.
- Quality contact with their children – 73% of Pause women did not have consistent and good quality contact with their removed children. This was improved for 60% of these women.
- Housing issues – 65% of Pause women had housing issues, 73% of these had a more stable housing situation after the programme.
- Engagement with training/education/volunteering/employment – 63% of Pause women identified these as goals at the start. This was achieved for 89% of these women.
- Accessing relevant support – only 19% of Pause women were accessing support from relevant specialist services (e.g. drug and alcohol, mental health, domestic violence) at the start on a regular consistent basis if required. This figure had risen to 67% by the end of the programme.
Jules Hillier, Chief Executive said:
“Pause helps women put in place strong foundations on which they can build a more positive future for themselves. Pause has supported 137 women – without the intervention of Pause, this group of women would have been likely to have had 27 more children taken into care per year at a cost of over £1.5 million a year to the tax payer.
Pause is helping to break some of these trans-generational cycles as well as giving vulnerable women a sense of self-worth with significant improvements on tackling substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health, as well as improving contact with children and access to services, housing and training.”