£70,000 project set to tackle youth violence in Gedling
The County Council is set to approve additional youth worker posts to support a new project aimed at tackling youth violence in the Gedling area. The Gedling Youth Intervention Project, funded by £50,000 from Nottinghamshire County Council and £20,000 from Gedling Borough Council, will develop a partnership approach to dealing with young people who have been identified by the Police as being involved in violence, or who are becoming caught up in risky behaviour.
After several serious incidents of violence which involved weapons in the Gedling area, the NCC Youth Service has been identified as a key partner in developing a project to prevent similar incidents in future through youth work intervention. Putting an end to knife crime was chosen as the main priority by young people, when they were asked what they would like Members of the Youth Parliament to focus on.
A two-pronged approach will be developed. This will involve working with young people who are already known to and have been identified by the Police, as well as engaging with other groups of young people who are on the fringes of the risky behaviour, to intervene and provide alternative positive activities for them to participate in, effectively diverting them away from violence.
The project presents an opportunity to build relationships and provide information, advice and support to young people. It will also offer a range of activities to capture young people's interests and will enable them to engage with a trusted adult in a safe environment.
Councillor Philip Owen, Chairman of Children and Young People’s Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said:
“This project is being developed to provide positive activities and support to steer young people away from involvement in violent crime. The additional youth work staff we hope to recruit will work with partner agencies to deliver targeted activities aimed at encouraging young people to develop interests which will lead to better outcomes and hopefully a brighter future.
"We are demonstrating our commitment to tackling this important issue by funding this project with Gedling Borough Council, at a time of increasing pressure on council budgets."
Councillor David Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Gedling Borough Council said:
“This programme is aimed at creating early engagement opportunities with young people who are potentially more likely to be involved in serious crimes further down the line. We have had incidents in Arnold last year that we don’t want to be repeated and this preventative approach will give us the chance to work with young people to reduce anti-social behaviour and also give them an opportunity to do something different which may inspire them towards a more positive path.”
The project will run over 12 months
A report is due to go before the County Council's Children and Young People's Committee on 15 July for approval.