Youth Offending services to benefit from Community Safety Partnership funding
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,
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.