Facts and Figures

In addition to the facts and figures below, you can access reports which demonstrate the need for Step by Step's work, and the impact of that work on the young people we exist to empower.

  • 1 in 100 young people are now expected to experience homelessness, but only 1 in 5 local authorities offer advocacy support to young people
    Young People Count 2016
  • Unemployment rates are three times higher for 16-25 year olds when compared with the rest of the UK population.
    – Office for National Statistics, Young People NEET August 2015
  • The number of 16-24 year olds who are unemployed currently stands at 739,400 or 16.5% of the economically active population
    – Supporting Employability in London, a September 2015 report by The Work Foundation
  • Half of all mental health problems have been established by the age of 14, rising to 75% by age 24
    Independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England, February 2016

Our work is transformative, providing a foundation that enables young people to become thriving members of the community. Around 95% of all the young people we have worked with in the last three years have developed life skills and have progressed towards leading a more independent life.

In 2019-20 we worked with over 1,400 young people and their families, and reached a further 200 through our Community Presentations and preventative Peer Education work.

Since we were founded in 1989, Step by Step have supported over 10,000 young people facing hard times. It has been independently assessed that for every £1 invested in our work, we generate £5.60 of social impact benefit to young people and the community.