£57K in funding coming to Mansfield to help tackle youth offending
More than £57,000 will be coming into Mansfield to help combat youth offending, a district council report has revealed.
The grant, from Nottinghamshire County Council and provided through the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will fund a dedicated worker to engage with young people at risk of getting involved in crime.
Now £57,612 has been allocated to the Mansfield Community Safety Partnership to fund the 12-month project to run until the end of March next year, the report to Councillor Craig Whitby, portfolio holder for corporate and finance on Mansfield District Council states.
A similar project was funded throughout the 2020-21 financial year but was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, although mentoring did continue.
A meeting, which took place earlier this month, was told that measures had been put in place to ensure that the programme will run smoothly despite the ongoing impact of the coronavirus crisis.
The programme will work with a rolling group of up to 20 young people, aged 10 to 14, who have been identified as already being involved in anti-social behaviour or low-level crime – and those classified as vulnerable.
The programme will adopt a multi-agency approach and work will also be carried out to ensure better school attendance with the participants.
The work will also support the authority’s legal duty to do all it can to reduce crime and disorder in its area.
Coun Whitby accepted the funding on behalf of Mansfield District Council and the community safety partnership.