Funding to boost local knife crime initiative

Published: Thursday, 23 August 2018

An initiative that aims to reduce knife crime and anti-social behaviour amongst local young people has been given a funding boost this week.

More than £800,000 has successfully been secured from the Home Office’s Trusted Relationships Fund to help increase the support available to the town’s most vulnerable young people.

The funding, which was confirmed on Wednesday, 22 August, will enable Northampton Borough Council and Free2Talk, to deliver interventions and mentoring, lasting up to a year, to young people most at risk of getting involved in knife crime and anti-social behaviour.

It will also support young people to take a more positive path, contributing to a reduction in exploitation and abuse, missing episodes and interactions with the youth justice system.

In addition, young people from vulnerable communities will also get a chance to input into the support programme, as their help will be sought to develop informal education programmes in youth centres.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Tackling knife crime is a big priority for us and so we are grateful to have successfully secured funding from the Home Office’s Trusted Relationships Fund.

“As a result we look forward to working with Free2Talk to increase the support available to vulnerable young people in the town, which in turn should see a reduction in the amount of youths at risk of exploitation.”

Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Victoria Atkins, said: “It is heart breaking that too many young people have to tackle life without an adult figure that they can rely on, leaving them at risk of being abused or driven into crime.

“This Government is determined to invest in innovative projects that protect young people and steer them away from destructive harms.

“Early intervention can help give vulnerable young people the best chance in life and I am delighted that the Trusted Relationships Fund will provide support to children in Northampton.”