Young People: Antisocial Behaviour

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community sport and cultural activities funded by his Department in engaging young people most at risk of committing antisocial behaviour.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

Although the funding of community sport and cultural activities is primarily the concern of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, youth work providers do use sport and cultural activities in the process of working with young people—sometimes utilising funding issued by the DfES.

The main DfES programme working in this way has been the Positive Activities for Young People programme (PAYP). Between April 2003 and March 2006 PAYP engaged 290,000 young people (85 per cent. of whom were classified as being 'at risk') in constructive leisure time activities. 47 per cent. of the activities were sport or arts based. The evaluation of PAYP found that the programme had achieved a range of positive outcomes for participating young people, including contributing to reductions in criminal and antisocial behaviour, supporting people back into education, and offering opportunities for personal development.

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