New sports fund to fight juvenile delinquency

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  • £5million to keep young people away from crime through sport
  • Charities try to fund local activities to teach resilience and discipline
  • Part of the largest youth justice funding program in a generation – making the streets safer

Charities across England and Wales will be able to bid for new funds to run programs designed to steer young people away from breaking the law and into positive activities aimed at teaching teamwork , resilience and discipline.

While the number of young people in custody remains at an all-time high, statistics show that around 80% of prolific adult offenders start committing crimes in childhood – with the economic and social costs of recidivism costing taxpayers an estimated $18 billion. pounds per year.

The new funding announced today builds on the government’s work to detect and prevent youth offending earlier than ever before, helping to prevent these young people from becoming involved in crime or anti-social behavior.

Earlier this year, the Deputy Prime Minister announced the biggest funding package in a generation to tackle juvenile delinquency and reduce crime, including £60m for early intervention.

Today’s news also delivers on the commitment made in the Prisons Strategy White Paper – published in December last year – to introduce new early intervention measures to reduce youth crime, ensure street safety and fewer casualties.

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

I have seen with my own eyes how local sports projects can transform the lives of young people from difficult backgrounds, getting them off the streets and teaching them life skills such as teamwork, discipline and resilience.

That’s why we’re investing £5 million in innovative sports programs across the country. It’s part of our £300million investment to help every council in England and Wales catch and prevent youth crime earlier than ever, making our streets safer.

Charities and organizations wanting to deliver the sports programs will be able to bid for the money – with hundreds of organizations set to benefit from the funding.

The Department of Justice will work closely with its delivery partner – StreetGames and consortium partners Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice and Sport for Development Coalition – to oversee the application process and distribution of funding.

Stuart Felce, Director of Sport and Community Safety for StreetGames, said:

We are truly excited to partner with the Sport for Development Coalition and the Sport in Criminal Justice Alliance to implement this ambitious new Department of Justice program.

These funds are a vote of confidence in the power of sport to provide young people with a positive pathway and help prevent them from falling into the criminal justice system.

Notes to Editors

  • StreetGames and the Department of Justice will open the bidding contest on Monday November 7th. It will run until Monday, December 5.
  • More information on the Department of Justice’s previous announcement regarding funding for the youth justice system.
  • Two other organizations will provide the fund in conjunction with StreetGames and the Department of Justice. These are the Sport for Development Coalition, an organization of partners who use sport to address key health and societal inequities, and the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice, an incorporated charity who seeks to act as an agent of change for the impact of sport. in the criminal justice system.
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