Department for Education
Support for vulnerable young people in serious violence hotspots
Young people who are most at risk of serious violence or gang exploitation will receive targeted support to keep them engaged in education and attending lessons
The targeted support, backed by £30 million, is a part of a rollout of 10 ‘SAFE’ (Support, Attend, Fulfil, Exceed) taskforces in ‘hotspot’ areas, where incidents of serious youth violence are highest. These will be led by local schools, bringing headteachers together to support vulnerable young people, and avoid them becoming involved in county lines and criminal activity.
The investment will help focus on improving pupils’ attendance, reducing the likelihood of young people being permanently excluded from school, keeping young people focused on their education.
Children and Families Minister Will Quince said:
Keeping young people engaged with their education has never been more important. These taskforces are helping school leaders and vital support services work together to support some of the most vulnerable young people across the country, helping to keep them on the right track and stop them missing lessons.
Through the work of these taskforces, combined with our ongoing SEND Review, the independent review of children’s social care, and our investment in Alternative Provision and other specialist support, this government is levelling up opportunities for all young people to help fulfil their potential and achieve better outcomes.
The government have also announced the 22 schools benefitting from Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforces, which work directly with young people in Alternative Provision settings to offer intensive support from experts, including mental health professionals, family workers, and speech and language therapists. Bringing this wider range of professionals together aims to reduce the risk to these pupils of being exploited and entering a life of crime, and helping them move into further education, employment or training after they finish school.
Areas benefitting from a SAFE Taskforce
Alternative Provision Settings benefitting from AP Specialist Taskforces
- Bradford AP Academy Centre, Bradford
- Haringey Learning Partnership, Haringey
- Manchester Secondary PRU, Manchester
- Orchardside School, Enfield
- Saffron Valley Collegiate, Croydon
- Sandwell Community School, Sandwell
- Snowdon Village (Bristol Future’s Academy), Bristol
- Southwark Inclusive Learning Service (SILS), Southwark
- Stephen Longfellow Academy, Leeds
- Tunmarsh School, Newham
- Unity Academy, Nottingham
- St Wilfrid’s Academy, Doncaster
- Park Campus Academy, Lambeth
- Brent River College, Brent
- City of Birmingham School, Birmingham
- Ealing Alternative Provision (EAP), Ealing
- Everton Free School, Liverpool
- Leicester Partnership School, Leicester
- London East AP, Tower Hamlets
Latest News from
Department for Education
94% of secondary schools provide free period products to students28/01/2022 13:10:00
New data on government’s free period product scheme shows strong take up across the country.
Education Secretary leads call to tackle antisemitic abuse on campuses26/01/2022 11:15:00
Antisemitism summit will bring together vice chancellors and leading Jewish rights groups to discuss key issues affecting staff and students
Bradford children's services to be placed into Trust26/01/2022 10:15:00
New trust set up to run services for vulnerable children and families in Bradford, following recommendations made by Commissioner
New measures to increase school attendance25/01/2022 16:05:00
New consultation to end postcode lottery in how schools manage avoidable absence
More support for schools and students as plan B comes to an end24/01/2022 13:10:00
£8 million from NHS England to support secondary schools with the in-school vaccination programme.
Universities pledge to end use of non-disclosure agreements19/01/2022 12:10:00
Ministers and campaigners back new pledge to end the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements within universities to silence complainants in sexual harassment cases
Reforms to encourage more students to take up language GCSEs14/01/2022 13:10:00
The government has set out plans for revised modern foreign languages GCSEs, helping to make the content more accessible for students.
Government supporting schools and colleges to provide face-to-face learning for millions of children and young people12/01/2022 11:15:00
Over 585 former teachers have already come forward to support face-to-face learning