Description of the goods or services required
Gang and Knife Crime Prevention Programme – OC20S19P1649
Call to run a project to support young people on the trajectory of offending in gangs or at risk of getting involved with gangs, by providing intensive support - in Leeds City Region.
This Call will seek programmes of activity, alongside developing community partnerships, which work with young people at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. It will focus on improving engagement with education and increasing employability, as well as tackling family factors through close work with other support services.The key target groups of this Call will therefore be those young people as defined below;
•Young people transitioning to adulthood where there are significant risk of offending/reoffending or exposed to negative influences including those
•aged 15-16 years upon joining who are excluded from school, and vulnerable to becoming involved in gangs and serious youth violence. This can include participants referred by an Alternative Provision provider because of risk of gang involvement (or because they are already involved in gangs). Young People engaged in, or at risk of, engagement in criminal activity, for example involved in group violence or county lines drugs distribution.
•Young People who are on the Police Service gang matrix, and not receiving any diversionary support.
•Young People who are victims of violence, recognising the link between young victims of violence being more likely to become perpetrators of violence
•Support those young people aged up to 24 years of age who are;
•aged 15-24 and at high risk of offending
•15-17 year olds at risk of re-offending
•females aged 15-24 at risk of offending and at greatest risk of crime
Please note this provision cannot support those young people age 18- 24 who are already offenders and at risk of re-offending. The support for this age group has already been commissioned through HMPPS.
The proposed project can however support young people age 15 -17 who are at risk of re-offending.
Any applicant is therefore also required to ensure they offer additional and more bespoke and specialist support for this target group than that already proposed to be delivered through the main ESF NEET programmes in Local Authority areas.
Successful providers should:
•Demonstrate a strong track record of working with the target group(s), understanding their needs
•Demonstrate strong knowledge of the issues related to knife and gang crime across the Leeds City Region and the local issues in each local authority district area.
•Collaboration with other providers already working with the target group to add value and not duplicate provision.
•Ensure the programme maximises mainstream provision and provides by working in partnership with other new and/or existing providers.
•Demonstrate excellent partnerships and referral mechanisms with other skills, training and specialist providers.
•Work in conjunction with other LEP and ESIF ESF programmes and activity to reduce the number of repeat approaches to participants and businesses.