£300million to reduce youth crime and make the streets safer

  • new ‘turnaround’ scheme to catch troubled youth on the brink of crime
  • up to 20,000 additional children and young people to be helped over the next 3 years

Thousands of troubled children and teens on the brink of crime will be put back on track thanks to the biggest increase in youth justice funding in a generation – reducing crime and making the streets safer.

Around 80% of prolific adult offenders start committing crimes in childhood, and the estimated cost of late intervention to the economy is almost £17billion a year.

This is why the Government is making the biggest investment in a generation – worth £300million over the next 3 years – to help every council in England and Wales catch and prevent youth offending earlier than ever, helping to prevent these children and young people from moving on to more serious offences.

And for the first time ever, local authorities will receive specific funding to intervene early with teenagers showing signs such as poor school attendance, problems at home and a history of substance abuse which are known to be push factors. young people often towards crime. – so they can keep them away from breaking the law before an offense is even committed.

Through ‘Turnaround’, a new £60million-backed early intervention programme, local young offender teams will receive additional funding to connect children and young people to targeted and holistic support to prevent them from falling go down the path of crime.

This could include mentorship, extra tuition, sports clubs, help with any issues at school or at home with their mental health or addictions, addressing the root causes of their behavior and help them get their lives back on track.

The funding will also be used to strengthen the day-to-day operation of youth justice programs and initiatives across the country, as well as support the work of the additional 20,000 police officers the government has pledged to recruit.

As part of today’s news, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab visited a community boxing program in Blackpool which provides local children and teenagers with an alternative to anti-social behaviour, giving them skills such as discipline and teamwork, and keeping them away from potential recurrence and back to school and training.

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab said:

Turning more young people away from gangs, drugs and violence will make our streets safer. So we are investing £300 million in prevention initiatives, to deter criminal behaviour.

Our plan will ensure that thousands more young people can change their lives – transforming their lives and making our communities safer.

Youth Justice Minister Victoria Atkins said:

Juvenile crime is a destructive force that destroys communities and tears families apart.

This vital new funding will help us stop youth crime by ensuring these children continue their education and reconnect with their families, helping us build safer and more prosperous communities.

Youth Justice Council Chair Keith Fraser said:

This is a smart and far-sighted investment by the government. If our youth justice teams have sufficient resources to help children and families, we all benefit – healthier, happier and safer children and safer communities with fewer victims.

This investment underlines the importance of their work and represents a huge opportunity for juvenile justice teams in England and Wales. I hope they are justly proud of the contribution they make to safer communities and the lives of children.

Ministers estimate that the Turnaround program will reach up to 20,000 additional children over three years who would not otherwise have received support to turn away from delinquency.

While many local authorities are already successfully running early intervention schemes, by providing funding over a three-year period, councils will have greater certainty and be able to plan for the longer term – ultimately , keeping more children and young people away from crime than ever before.

Ministers will also set out timely plans to improve the way funding is targeted to local authorities, to ensure funding reaches the areas most in need and to ensure local authority interventions are effective.


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