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£21M FOR YOUTH INCLUSION PROGRAMMES (YIPS)

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Youth Inclusion Programmes (YIPs) will receive£21m for a...
Youth Inclusion Programmes (YIPs) will receive£21m for a

further three years, the home office announced today.

Giving details of the funding, home office minister, John Denham

said:

'Based on the success and the impact of YIPs, the home office is very

pleased to confirm funding for the next three years. YIPs are very

important youth crime prevention schemes. They have had a substantial

impact on the level of youth offending and have helped many

vulnerable young people.

Independent studies have shown that YIPs lead to a 30% reduction in

arrests following a young person's engagement in the programme and

significant falls in crime in areas where the programmes are running.

The existing 70 Youth Inclusion Programmes were established in the

most deprived neighbourhoods in England and Wales. Each targets 50

young people, aged 13 to 16, who are most at risk of social

exclusion. The programmes provide structured activities and

assistance to steer these young people away from crime and

anti-social behaviour, YIPs improve their school attendance and

reduce exclusions and prevent young people starting, what could be, a

life of crime.

YIPs programmes are part of a range of measures that the government

has introduced to address the factors that leave young people

vulnerable to crime. Other programmes include working with families,

schools, neighbourhoods and tackling street crime.'

The YIPs schemes are managed by the Youth Justice Board and can be

adopted by local partnerships (such as local Youth Offending Teams)

as part of their broader strategies for reducing youth crime.

The Youth Justice Board is presently running 70 schemes, funded by

the home office until March 2003. This funding announcement will

allow these schemes to continue, with guaranteed funding until April

2006.

Notes:

1. Youth Inclusion Programmes are managed by the Youth Justice Board

and funded by the home office.

2. The home office will provide£21m from the Crime Reduction

settlement budget for YIPs programmes until April 2006. The home

office has funded Youth Inclusion Programmes for the last three

years.

3. 70 projects are now operational in deprived areas around England

and Wales. Areas were invited to participate on the basis of their

ranking in the DETR's Index of Local Deprivation.

4. Youth Inclusion projects are expected to target their work on the

50 most at risk young people aged 13-16 in their neighbourhood.

5. Each project receives£75,000 of grant funding per full financial

year which has to be matched from other local or national sources.

Local Youth Offending Teams, or their statutory or voluntary sector

delivery agents, manage the projects. They connect with local

agencies such as the police and schools to obtain appropriate

referrals of young people at risk of offending. Local residents and

voluntary organisations are involved in managing, designing and

delivering the schemes.

6. Project Activities include:

- family link centres based in schools, utilising their computer and

computer materials, to provide support from parents and community

volunteers. Activities include language support for ethnic minority

students; literacy and numeracy; lunchtime and after school

homework clubs; holiday clubs.

- skill centres aimed at providing excluded young people with

training and qualifications to improve their educational standards

and future employment prospects;

- mentoring;

- adult volunteering from within the local community;

- environmental work, e.g. clean-up projects and development of

recreational areas;

- sports and other forms of constructive recreation; and

- support services for parents and carers.

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