A fresh approach to diverting young people in Cleveland from crime and gangs has attracted key Home Office funding.
The proposals, drawn up by Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, have been awarded £546,250 which will be used in four key areas: prevention, early intervention, targeted intervention and diverting.
“This represents a significant step in our efforts to reduce youth offending and I want to pay tribute to the team who put this compelling bid together, clearly the Home Secretary has been impressed,” said Mr Coppinger.
Prevention work will see key professionals better understand the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on behaviour, enabling them to intervene at an early stage.
Early intervention also will see youth outreach workers working in specific areas where young people are vulnerable to violence.
Targeted intervention offers coaching, counselling and restorative services to young people and their families aimed at empowering the family group to take control of their futures.
And a specialist 18 – 24 years Navigator will work to divert first time offenders from this age bracket away from the Criminal Justice System.
Finally, to support the four themes, a Tees Youth Intervention and Prevention Co-ordinator will co-ordinate delivery and developing of a Cleveland Wide Serious Violence Strategy in partnership with education, health, criminal justice, social services and youth services to embed best practice.
“There is a core group of young people who for various reasons can find themselves at a crossroads” said Mr Coppinger.
“If we want to break the cycle of offending it is vital that we identify and work with them and their families to ensure they reject the route that leads to a life of crime. That not only benefits the young people involved, it benefits society enormously.”
The news comes just a week after Cleveland’s PCC was successful in gaining £200,000 from the Home Office to employ four specially-trained workers, to provide support for female offenders who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, as well as offenders from a black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) background.
The roles will support female offenders to make positive changes in their lives and help them to address the underlying reasons that cause them to commit crime, including mental health problems and substance misuse.
Posted on Monday 12th November 2018