Over the past 10 years there has been a rise in violent crime across the country. The West Midlands has seen one the largest rises in serious violence, particularly amongst young people. It is clear that we are not going to arrest our way out of this and we need to work with local communities to provide positive opportunities for young people in the West Midlands.
In November 2018, the Police and Crime Commissioner was successfully bid into the Home Office’s Early Intervention Youth Fund and received over £2 million to invest in diversionary activities for young people in the West Midlands. The Early Youth Intervention Fund has provided an opportunity for me to invest in positive activities for young people to help divert them away from gangs, violence and crime.
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Watch some of the activities the some young people got involved in and the positive impact that it has on them
The PCC has targeted services at those at risk of entering the criminal justice system as well as supporting those in the system to reduce reoffending. This programme has, so far:
- Delivered targeted diversionary activities with 11,445 young people
- Delivered mentoring activities with 932
- Delivered Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) training delivered to 526 practitioners and developed a website offering free online ACEs training. The Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences was launched on 31st July 2019 and by the end of Quarter. 3 had over 17,000 unique views. The website will be supported for a further 3 years and is available online here.
- Funded the Fearless coordinator who has delivered 14 train trainer sessions reaching 225 professionals. 44 Schools were engaged across the West Midlands providing 101 workshops/assemblies to over 5,554 students.
Early INTERVENTION Youth Fund Key Themes:
- Targeted Interventions.
- Interventions in the Teachable Moment.
- Communication and learning.
- Building sustainable capacity.
What Works Forum
The Early Intervention Youth Fund has provided opportunity for good practice sharing through events and training opportunities aimed at providers. In July 2019 ‘What Works’ event was held to gain feedback from West Midlands Early Intervention Youth Fund providers on successes and barriers to delivering the projects in the region.
In March 2020 the PCC was due to host ‘What Works 2’ this event was designed to showcase achievements, lessons learnt, good practice and tool kits from the Early Intervention Youth Fund. The COVID-19 outbreak forced that event to be cancelled. However, below is the recommendations report from the Early Intervention Youth Fund.