Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are to link up with early intervention experts to help widen the use of preventative projects for young people at risk of getting in trouble with the law.
Elections for police and crime commissioners across 41 police areas were held last November. Image: Arlen Connelly
A number of the new post-holders expressed an interest in the idea, which was initially mooted by Labour MP and Early Intervention Foundation chair Graham Allen, in December.
Following a roundtable event held at the House of Commons, Allen told CYP Now that there is sufficient interest to create an “early intervention group” of PCCs.
The group of around six PCCs will work closely with the Early Intervention Foundation, which is due to launch shortly, and receive advice and guidance from early intervention experts on how best to reduce youth offending.
“We want to create a partnership that can work effectively to access the best evidence in the field through the Early Intervention Foundation,” Allen said. “We are going to help them produce early intervention plans that we would like to see in their annual reports next year.”
It is hoped that the group will highlight the benefits of early intervention projects to other PCCs.
The 41 PCCs across England are now in control of large pots of money that currently goes to youth offending teams (YOTs).
They are also responsible for making decisions affecting services for young people across the realms of health, education and social care.
The deadline for their first local police and crime plans was 31 January, meaning spending decisions for the forthcoming financial year have already been made.