The Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership supports a range of projects designed to protect vulnerable young people, improve the opportunities open to them and help them avoid becoming involved in serious violent crime.
With the help of funding from the Home Office and partner organisations, grass roots, community-based projects are being kickstarted, financed and supported across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.
Local violence reduction partnerships in each area provide the local knowledge, contacts and experience to bring the right partners together and target services effectively.
kNOwknives delivers workshops to schools, colleges, community organisations, parents and carers to educate young people about the risks of carrying a weapon.
The Juno Project
The Juno Project's This is Me Project empowers teenage girls who have been, or are at risk of being, excluded from school, to achieve their goals in spite of their challenges.
At the end of the Year 11 programme, participants are paired with a mentor who supports them for the next two years, helping them through their transition from school to college, an apprenticeship, or a job.
REBOOT is an early intervention project for 11 to 17 year-olds, launched in Spring 2019. REBOOT offers support to vulnerable young people who are at risk of engaging in serious violence and gang behaviour, to overcome barriers in their life and make lasting positive changes.
College Central (ESCC Children’s Services)
College Central - ESCC Children’s Services – Youth Offending Team practitioners work alongside pastoral care teams at College Central to provide pastoral support to pupils, including delivery of knife crime interventions and individually tailored programmes.
The Multi Agency Child Exploitation Group (MACE)
Led by East Sussex County Council the well-established Multi Agency Child Exploitation Group (MACE) partnership addresses the sexual and/or criminal exploitation of children, including ‘County Lines’ and missing children. The MACE operational group is the mechanism to facilitate multi-agency operational management oversight of risk management for individual children and groups of children identified as being vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and other Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE.)
SWITCH assists and supports vulnerable young people moving out of care into independent living. This service is provided through Albion in the Community.
West Sussex Youth Offending Service
The West Sussex Youth Offending Service provide targeted intervention for young people with known risk factors and/or who are involved in the criminal justice system.
St Giles Trust
St Giles Trust is a peer mentoring scheme providing targeted interventions to young people already known to be at risk from criminal exploitation, in addition to early local interventions for vulnerable young people.
Audio Active targets young people at risk of knife, gang and exploitation activity using engagement with high-tech music. It includes one to one mentoring, group work in schools and community settings and street-based outreach.
Mentivity provide mentoring services in Secondary schools in Arun and Adur & Worthing in West Sussex. The service is targeted at young people who are identified as having multiple risks in school and at home.
Trust for Developing Communities
The Trust for Developing Communities provides an innovative and varied Youth Work programme across Brighton & Hove, including the Brighton Streets detached Youth Work project in partnership with Tarner Community Project and the Hangleton & Knoll Project. Their work includes community-based provision, such as youth clubs, sports clubs and holiday programmes, plus more targeted, issue-based work on health & wellbeing, youth violence and youth coaching.
Brighton Streets Project
The Brighton Streets Project provides street-based detached youth work and contextual safeguards to protect vulnerable young people as part of its mission to provide innovative responses to youth violence.
Tarner Community Project
The Tarner Community Project provides youth activities in the central area of Brighton including football, young men’s group, young women’s group, open access youth club and detached youth work in the local area including parks.