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Gov't launch new £5million fund to combat knife & gun crime

PICTURED: Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

THE GOVERNMENT have launched a new £5 million fund to support families across the country who are vulnerable to the devastating effects of knife crime and gang culture.

The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund will allow keyworkers, community groups, teachers and other professionals working with children and young people to intervene earlier to help them develop the personal resilience to withstand peer pressure and make their own positive life choices.

It will also aim to support more in-depth work with parents and carers to help them fully understand the risk factors and dangers of their children becoming drawn into gang crime.

Councils will be able to bid for funding to bolster their response to youth violence and gangs in their local area, as part of their Troubled Families programme.

Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said: "Knife crime and gang violence can devastate the lives of young people, families and their communities.

"Carrying knives must never become normal behaviour and we need to change the culture among many young people.

"Early intervention and prevention is vital to tackling violence. That is why I am announcing £5 million to support initiatives which are helping young people to take a positive direction in life."

The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund builds on the government’s wider support available to tackle serious violence which includes a £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund and a £1.5 million Anti-Knife Crime Community Fund.

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