In 2018 the PCC held a Violence Reduction Challenge to look at the nature of violent crime in Kent, and to agree a partnership approach to tackling the underlying causes. The year-long study was partly in response to the Government's own Serious Violence Strategy.
One of the recommendations, announced in March 2019, was for the PCC to set aside a portion of his annual commissioning budget for early intervention and diversion, to help youngsters make good choices about their futures. This fund supports activities such as, awareness campaigns, prevention initiatives, rehabilitation projects, and diversionary activities. Ultimately, the PCC wants to play a part in helping protect some of our most vulnerable people from the most violent.The provision of funding is, as always, subject to the submission of satisfactory monitoring and adherence to the specific grant conditions.
INTERVENTION AND DIVERSION SERVICES: (Violence Reduction Fund)
Guiding Lights: Support for girls aged 11-16 who are at risk of child sexual exploitation or from being in a coercive and controlling relationship
Fearless: Educating 11-16 year olds by increasing their awareness of weapons, street crime and child sexual exploitation.
Total Insight Theatre
My Choice Matters: A 60-minute drama performance about knife crime for young people aged 12-15 years old.
Uprising Youth and Community
Knife crime awareness campaign in East Kent. Aimed at reducing violent crime through the engagement of young people, parents and communities.
Folkestone Youth Project
The Shed: Social, emotional and physical support for young people who have made unhealthy and negative life choices.
The Forward Trust
Violence Reduction Peer Mentoring programme for clients accessing their East Kent Community Drug and Alcohol Services.
Kent Police Mini Cadets
Nine-week programme delivered in schools, with a social act project to conclude.
Reform Restore Respect
I Didn't Know That: 90-minute workshops delivered to Year 6 pupils around gang violence and knife crime.
Amelix "Is it worth it?"
Safety lessons given in schools on subjects around on-line grooming, sexting, cyber bullying and trolling on social media.