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Serious and Organised Crime Partnership highlights initiatives that are helping prevent children and young people from falling into crime.

The Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) partnership has released its latest bulletin detailing programmes active in the North of England that are proving helpful in keeping children and young people away from serious crime.

Initiatives reported include:

Northumbria’s SOC Divert ‘Get Connected’ programme which aims to deliver an innovative diversion programme designed to prevent siblings and associates of Organised Crime Group (OCG) members from becoming involved in SOC in and around Newcastle.

Social action projects delivered by communities in Speke, Merseyside, and Runcorn and Widnes in Cheshire where funding bids from local sports and community groups for initiatives that seek to improve the local area and keep children and young people away from SOC were assessed by local residents. A pot of £26,000 drawn from Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) funding was made available and bids totalling £59,000 were made.

Meanwhile, in the Bradford area, the Community Cougars Foundation (CCF), a registered charity which offers a combination of approaches to reach young people at risk of being drawn into Serious and Organised Crime (SOC), have developed a tailor-made four-week programme for young people. This includes sport, accredited learning, adventure education and issue-based group work that seeks to develop young people’s understanding of SOC and strengthen their resilience and self-efficacy.

Read the full bulletin here