Funding boost to tackle North Somerset youth crime
PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:01 28 November 2018
North Somerset and other parts of the South West will soon benefit from a £460,000 funding boost to target the ‘root causes’ of youth crime.
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, who bid for the Government grant with help from children’s charity Barnardo’s, says the money will fund a new service to help young people at risk of becoming offenders.
The service will work directly with children and young people to resolve conflicts and support families.
Ms Mountstevens said: “This service will allow us to work with children and their families to prevent young people from getting drawn into a life of crime.
“It will also support those who have already offended to help steer them in a different, more positive direction.”
The Home Office’s Early Intervention Youth Fund is designed to safeguard young people at risk of criminal involvement, gang exploitation and ‘county lines’ drugs trafficking.