further three years, the home office announced today.
Giving details of the funding, home office minister, John Denham
'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
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
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;
- adult volunteering from within the local community;
- environmental work, e.g. clean-up projects and development of
- sports and other forms of constructive recreation; and
- support services for parents and carers.