Youth Offending services to benefit from Community Safety Partnership funding

10/05/2018, PR8796

Services to tackle youth offending in the district are set to benefit from £86,990 of funding from the Wakefield Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

The funding will support the Youth Offending Team’s work to prevent substance misuse. It will be used to fund screenings of all young people who come into contact with the youth justice system to ensure they receive the appropriate support and treatment needed.

The funds will also directly contribute to prevention work aimed at stopping young people from formally entering the justice system. It will offer support and interventions to young people and their families who are taking part in community resolution meetings, or for those that have received a conditional caution from the police.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Chair of Community Safety Partnership and Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “I am pleased that the Community Safety Partnership has been able to provide this funding for youth offending services in the district. It will help ensure that more young people receive the interventions and support they need, to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities.”

At the CSP meeting last week, £84,000 of funding was also approved to support the Night Marshals scheme. The Night Marshals provide extra reassurance, prevent crime and tackle anti-social behaviour, alongside the police and PCSOs, on Friday and Saturday nights in Wakefield.

Cllr Cummings added: “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on a night out in Wakefield. The street marshals service provides an additional protective eye over the city centre, particularly helping those who may be vulnerable or intoxicated. They help give a greater sense of safety for visitors and support the Street Angels – who provide help and advice to anyone who may be in distress.”

The CSP is made up of partners including Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Clinical Commissioning Group, voluntary sector, and others. It is responsible for making the whole of the Wakefield district as safer place for everyone to live, work and visit.

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