Youth Support Service

Supporting families against youth crime

We were successful in applying for funding from the Supporting Families Against Youth Crime Fund through the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The purpose of this fund and our project is raise awareness of the risks of criminal exploitation and to prevent young people becoming involved in criminal activity. The project takes an early intervention approach and works with the voluntary and community sector to educate young people and their parents on the risks of becoming involved in criminal activity and to provide training to professionals to improve their skills when working with teenagers. There are several different aspects to the project: 

  • piloting a whole-family approach to preventing criminal exploitation through the one-to-one support of a mentor for the young person (aged 10 to 15) and an early help family partner to support the family
  • assemblies delivered by St Giles Trust in middle, upper and secondary schools across Central Bedfordshire on the subject of knife crime
  • targeted group work in middle, upper and secondary schools across Central Bedfordshire with young people identified by schools as being at increased risk of criminal exploitation
  • work with groups of young people to develop safety maps of their area
  • delivering sessions for parents across Central Bedfordshire on understanding adolescence in the context of youth crime
  • delivering training to professionals from different agencies on protective behaviours and understanding teenagers to upskill the children’s workforce
  • holding events in each locality to share best practice

Find out more

Telephone: 0300 300 8352
Emailyouth.services@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk