The Home Office is investing in a series of targeted projects and support to stop young people being drawn into violent crime and gang-related exploitation.
Eleven local schemes will receive almost £100,000 new funding between them as part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation (EGVE).
The investment across the country will help raise awareness in schools, reach young violence victims in hospitals, support young women at risk of harm from gangs and educate parents to better understand the risks.
Young people in Manchester will benefit from a grant awarded to the Race Equality Foundation to train facilitators to deliver a violence prevention programme for parents in the city, as well as in Leeds and London.
Another £465,000 will continue to fund 13 Young People’s Advocates who work directly with gang affected women and girls, particularly those at risk of sexual violence. One of the advocates is based at St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Salford, and another at the Manchester Children’s Service Integrated Gang Management Unit in Trafford.
The Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism announced the new funding this week at the Government’s Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation Forum.
Sarah Newton said:
“Gang-related violence and exploitation devastates lives and it is vital we do all we can to protect our young people.
“Intervening at an early stage can protect those who are most vulnerable and stop them being drawn into this destructive lifestyle.
“That is why I am pleased to announce this new investment for projects to help end the cycle of exploitation and prevent the crimes that inevitably go alongside it.”