KIRKLEES is one of 11 councils in Yorkshire being offered a share of £56.5m to tackle youth crime, the Government announced today.
The funding is a major milestone in the delivery of the Youth Crime Action Plan, which aims to tackle youth crime through early intervention, non-negotiable support and tough enforcement.
All parts of England will eventually be offered the funding to boost the drive to tackle youth crime, but at present £700,000 will be made available to each of 69 areas to implement an intensive package of action over the next three years.
An immediate cash injection of £90,000 will be available to each local authority this year.
Measures will include:
Using safeguarding laws to remove young people at risk from streets at night.
Street-based teams of youth workers and ex-gang members to tackle groups of young people involved in crime and disorder.
Extra visible police patrols during after-school hours.
Providing positive activities for young people.
Placing youth offending team workers in police stations so that young offenders can be dealt with and directed to the most appropriate service at the earliest opportunity.