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Home Secretary announces new £200 million endowment fund, to target young people at risk of starting a life of crime and violence

Sajid Javid has announced that projects supporting vulnerable children will be given the chance to access a new £200m fund as part of efforts to combat youth violence.

Mr Javid used his speech at the Conservative Party Conference to detail his plans to tackle hotspots of violent crime which will include supporting projects that help vulnerable children including mentoring and counselling services.

Speaking of a new “public health” approach with youth violence being treating as a “contagious disease” requiring early identification, multiple-agencies such as the Police, schools and social workers working together and promoting deterrence and protective messages as a critical part of the approach.

Mr Javid said ‘The rise in serious violence in London and our cities is especially worrying. There’s no time for sitting around when young people are dying on our streets. We need to bring everything – and everyone – to bear on this’