The Skills for Positive Futures funding programme supports children aged 8-14 who are at risk of school exclusion and involvement in violence.
Whilst many factors influence whether a young person will become involved in criminal activity, evidence shows that young people at risk of permanent exclusion from school are exceptionally vulnerable (Department of Education). Many of the risk factors for both involvement in youth violence and school exclusion are related to young people's social and emotional skills.
We are working with five community-based organisations over three years to deliver targeted early-intervention support for children at risk of exclusion, equipping them with the skills to make positive life choices.
This is a one-off programme and all funding has now been allocated. There are no current plans to make any further grants under this programme.