Mark Whitehead 31 July 2018

Home secretary ‘doubles’ early intervention youth fund

Home secretary ‘doubles’ early intervention youth fund image

Funding to tackle violence among young people is to be doubled as part of the Government's 'public health' approach to combatting crime.

The money for the early intervention youth fund, announced in April by Amber Rudd when she was home secretary, will be increased from £11m to £22m over two years, her successor, Sajid Javid, has announced.

The fund was unveiled as part of the wider strategy to tackle serious violent offences using methods that go beyond policing and focus more on early intervention.

It is designed to pay for projects that keep young people away from violence using a local focus and according to needs.

Police and crime commissioners who work in partnership with community safety partnerships or the equivalent can bid for the funding to deliver projects.

Mr Javid said the fund was an example of the 'public health, or multiple strand, approach' to combatting serious violence.

He said: 'Intervening early in the lives of vulnerable young people can help focus their talents on positive activities and steer them away from the dangers of serious violence.'

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