29 projects across England and Wales to share £17.7 million Early Intervention Youth Fund

29 projects endorsed by Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales will receive £17.7 million over 2 years to divert children and young people away from violent crime.

The projects will include work with children and young people at risk of criminal involvement, organisations safeguarding those at risk of gang exploitation and county lines, or who have already offended to help divert them into positive life choices.

The successful projects include two in the South West region:

1. Devon and Cornwall (total funding awarded: £528,569)

The project will deploy the Youth Exploitation Tracker Assessment (YETA) across South Devon, then expand throughout Devon to allow for:

1) The identification of those already, and those at significant risk of engaging in violence and gang activity, triggering tailored rapid intervention.

2) The early identification of adverse childhood experiences at transition to secondary education, first time entrants and children at the edge of care to prevent escalation into violence.

2. Avon and Somerset (total funding awarded: £463,857)

An early intervention and prevention service will be provided, targeting vulnerable children and young people in areas of high need. The integrated 3-layer service will tackle root causes of serious violence by improving resilience and safety through:

1) Direct interventions for individual children/young people to prevent crime and support with evidence led prosecutions of perpetrators targeting children.

2) Support to strengthen the family system as a protective resource.

3) Involve and educate communities, improving identification and prevention.

For further information about the Early Intervention Youth Fund visit GOV.UK.

A list of all the successful projects can be found at this LINK.