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Young People: Crime Prevention

Home Office written question – answered on 8th November 2018.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specific projects his Department is leading on to divert young people from becoming involved in serious and organised crime.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Since 2013 the Home Office has provided funding to a number of innovative local projects across the country. These projects are aimed at different groups with different risk factors making them vulnerable to being drawn into SOC. During that time, our interventions have reached hundreds of young people. We have funded four local intervention projects this year:

Ceredigion Youth Justice will target young people in the area who are at medium- or high-risk of being exploited by SOC-related individuals.

Leap Confronting Conflict will support young people identified as being at risk of involvement in serious and organised crime within the Borough of Southwark, specifically those at risk of grooming for involvement in running county lines.

Exeter Council for Voluntary Services, will proactively engage young people in the area who are at risk of exploitation or SOC offending.

Northumbria Police are working with individuals at risk of being drawn into SOC.

We are also investing in pilot local community coordinators, to build community resilience and deliver targeted interventions in five locations in the UK; Bradford, Brighton, Newport, Sedgemoor and Speke/Halton. These interventions are designed and delivered locally and several projects are in development.

In addition, existing programmes are also helping to deliver SOC Prevent interventions. This includes the Troubled Families Programme, the Trusted Relationships fund and the Early Intervention Youth Fund, which collectively reach thousands of young people in the UK.

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