Government gives £13m for projects to help at-risk children

Schemes to support young people in trouble have been boosted by govenrment grants totalling £13m to help set up them.

The three-year intensive intervention projects will target young people involved in or at risk of antisocial behaviour, including those with Asbos, in 20 areas in the country.

Children’s minister Beverley Hughes said the projects would aim to support parents who didn’t know where to get help when their children had problem behaviour.

She added: “The focus of these projects is on prevention and support. It’s non-negotiable and so we will intervene early to stop young people getting into a situation where their bad behaviour can spiral out of control and enforcement has to be used. But where enforcement is necessary it will be used and that will be made clear from the outset if young people don’t cooperate.”

The cash was earmarked as part of the government’s Youth Taskforce Action Plan, published in March.

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