The package includes £1.2m to increase the number of youth zones in borough from four to eight with £1m being allocated to fund the council’s safeguarding initiatives. A further £1m will be targeted at mental health support for young people, care leavers and to help improve conditions for foster carers.
The move has the full backing of the council’s Youth Safety Board made up of police, health and education representatives as well as young people, which highlighted areas for priority action in a recently released report.
Newham’s mayor Rokhsana Fiaz said ‘Our strong message to the new government is that if our ambition for our young people is to be realised, then we and all councils up and down the country, must see a significant increase in funding that is desperately needed to reverse the epidemic of violence facing our youth’.
Read the Safety Boards’ report here.