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A Light In The Dark: new Social Return On Investment study

This week The Green House has published a new Social Return On Investment study, providing vital evidence of the value and impact of their therapy services for sexually abused children and young people.

Funded by The Centre of Expertise for Child Sexual Abuse, the evaluation was carried out by the Foundation for Social Improvement. The report findings demonstrate the outstanding quality of the organisation’s services and the high level of outcomes experienced not just by children accessing the service, but also their parents, carers and other professionals involved with the families.

Looking specifically at children and young people who attended The Green House in 2016-17, the study found that for every £1 invested in therapy, at least £4.17 was generated in social value.

Janine Edwards, Head of Consultancy and Development at the Foundation for Social Improvement who led on the evaluation and is an accredited social value practitioner, said:

When conducting this study, it was overwhelmingly clear what a fundamental difference The Green House makes for children and families affected by sexual abuse.  From increases in children’s wellbeing and sense of control and agency, to improved family relationships and better support structures around the child, the impact of this service is felt on multiple levels.  The Social Value calculation demonstrates the vital role for specialist services for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse.” 

The report calls for recognition of therapeutic services like The Green House in providing crucial support in the aftermath of sexual abuse and also in preventing future harm.

Michelle Windle, Director of The Green House, said:

“There is currently no national government funding for therapy for child victims of sexual abuse under 13 and we are constantly having to make the case for why our work matters and why it should be funded. This study provides empirical evidence of the positive change we can deliver and the need to invest in supporting children today, not just when they reach a point of crisis later in life.”

For further details or to read the report in full please click here.