In 2017 The Amber Foundation submitted data about Amber residents with offending backgrounds to the “Justice Data Lab”, a research department in the Ministry of Justice that evaluate the impact that organisations like Amber have on reducing reoffending.
The results, which have just been published, are extremely encouraging and provide a very strong endorsement of the Amber programme. The report highlighted that:
“The national analysis provides significant evidence that the intervention decreases the number of people who re-offend”
The figures show that on average 46% of people with a similar profile to those that come to Amber will re-offend, compared to 24% of those that have benefitted from Amber’s programme of support. These statistically significant figures paint a picture – when homeless and unemployed young people are given the space and support they need, they can transform their lives.
Paul Rosam, Chief Executive of Amber said, “Naturally there is always a more complex story to tell behind any statistics and the motivation of young people to affect positive change in their life is a key component of the success of any programme. However, the report will provide great encouragement to our staff, and I hope to our supporters and to young people with offending backgrounds who are considering joining our programme.”
Amber works with homeless and unemployed young people across three residential centres in Surrey, Wiltshire and Devon. There – in a calm and nurturing environment – they provide a mix of support, structure, new experiences and training so that young people can build their motivation, self-discipline and skills. They help residents address any specific issues that may be holding them back and find the self-belief and determination to move forward.
The full report can be found by following this link: