The period after school is a particularly high-risk period for vulnerable children. As a result, the VRU has been able to offer up to £40,000 to 16 priority boroughs for one year (April 2020 to March 2021) for the provision of after school activity between 15:00 and 19:00. This fund can also be used to support weekend and holiday activities and much is directed towards activities for young people in pupil referral units.
In addition to the funding, the Unit are visiting and working with PRUs and recently hosted a roundtable with education specialists which included identifying good practice in supporting young people in PRUs. Furthermore, working with a variety of other organisations, the VRU is developing a peer mentorship scheme for young people in PRUs to ensure that every pupil has a trusted adult in their life.