Identifying the young NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in the rural UK

Who are the young people who are not in education, employment or training? An application of the risk factors to a rural area in the UK

From International Social Work

Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) are a focus of government attention in the UK.  This article examines the risk factors that have been identified as contributing towards NEET status in young people and applies these to the specific demographics of Fenland, an isolated rural area in the east of England, offering an overview of the background and circumstances of young people and their families in that district which might be linked to the development of NEET status. In doing so, it explores the idea that these risk factors may constitute what is termed ‘systematic structural exclusion’. The impact of this may be particularly acute for people within an area of rural deprivation which is surrounded by considerable affluence.

Further longitudinal studies are required in order to clarify current research and also to investigate what interventions are likely to work with young people at risk of becoming NEET and whether these children can be identified at an earlier age.


Abstract

Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) are a focus of government attention in the UK. For social service professionals the mechanisms underpinning the individual experience of NEET are critical to designing effective interventions. International comparisons point to similar experiences at the level of the individual family. This article examines the factors that may contribute to a young person becoming NEET and applies these to the demographics of a rural area in England. Poor educational attainment and low socio-economic status are key factors, with the mental well-being of young people as a proposed underpinning mechanism.

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Katy Sadler, Jane Akister, and Sarah Burch
Who are the young people who are not in education, employment or training? An application of the risk factors to a rural area in the UK
International Social Work 0020872813515010, first published on March 27, 2014 doi:10.1177/0020872813515010

 

 

     
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