2. Story of Year 2 : Highlights
- A total of 34,755 referrals were made to Fair Start Scotland in the first two years of the service. Of those, 64% subsequently chose to participate.
- A total of the 22,140 people joined the service during the same period.
- 6,621 participants had started a job.
- 72% of those who started a job sustained employment for at least 3 months.
- 77% of those who sustained employment for at least 3 months went on to reach at least 6 months.
- 76% of those who sustained employment for 6 months went on to reach at least 1 year.
- 65% of those joining Fair Start Scotland reported having a long-term health condition and 47% were disabled.
Comparisons between Year 1 and 2
- 70% of those who were referred subsequently chose to join the service in Year 2, an increase of 12% from Year 1.
- 12,077 people joined the service in Year 2, a 20% increase from Year 1 (10,063).
- While more men than women joined the service in Year 2 (63%), the proportion of women joining the service has increased from 35% in Year 1 to 37% in Year 2.
- The number of reported ethnic minority participants increased from 364 in Year 1 to 736 in Year 2.
- There was a 5 percentage point increase in people who joined Fair Start Scotland reporting a mental health condition (34% over the two years) from Year 1.
Compared with Year 1, Year 2 had:
- A higher proportion of female participants
- A lower proportion of disabled participants
- A higher proportion of younger participants (aged 16-34)
Compared with Year 1 of the service, Year 2 has a higher proportion of:
- Lone parents
- Participants with convictions
- Those who are care experienced
- 8,407 (51%) of people who started Fair Start Scotland left the service early.
What people think of Fair Start Scotlandvii
- 91% of people feel they were treated with dignity and respect.
- 80% of people felt the service took account of their individual needs and circumstances.
- 81% of people felt the service offered support to improve their general quality of life and wellbeing.
- 80% felt they were in control of their progress on the service.