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Nottinghamshire County Council’s policy committee invest £300,000 in youth work

Plans have been approved to extend targeted youth work that aims to cut youth reoffending rates and prevent criminal exploitation of young people.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s policy committee voted to invest £300,000 in the project, which will continue until June 2022.

The project involves youth workers working directly with young people known to the youth justice service as well as young people at risk of engaging in harmful behaviour.

Newark town centre.
Newark town centre.

It aims to reduce the risk of young people committing or becoming a victim of violent crime, reduce offending and re-offending, to improve their aspirations, and increase engagement in positive activities, such as education, training and sports.

The project was set up in 2019.

The youth justice activity-based mentoring scheme has seen significant results, with youth re-offending rates of those in the programme seven times lower than the national average.

The mentoring scheme has engaged with 67 of 68 young people referred and they have been supported to gain qualifications, access training, return to education or get work experience.

Alongside this, they have also been offered the opportunity to get involved in sport, music producing, bike repair and maintenance, and outdoor pursuits.

The other strand of the project has provided youth work interventions for 240 young people identified as at risk and needing support.

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