Crime prevention scheme to be rolled out across new cities

The programme has run in Glasgow since 2013 and will now extend to Edinburgh, Newcastle and Cardiff.

Jail: The programme is to help youths from offending. <strong>Pixabay</strong>
Jail: The programme is to help youths from offending. Pixabay

A crime prevention scheme that helped a teenager who had committed nearly 600 offences to go straight is being rolled out to three new cities.

The programme, that sees mentors including ex-offenders help young people escape a life of serious crime, has run in Glasgow since 2013 and stopped 45 out of its most recent group of 49 candidates from re-offending.

Its successes include the teenager, who committed nearly 600 crimes including low level vandalism and theft, as well as drug offences.

Four high-risk young people were also diverted away from secure care homes, saving Glasgow City Council more than £500,000 over six months.

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Action for Children, which runs the Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention service, now has £4.6m in National Lottery funding to extend the scheme to Edinburgh, Newcastle and Cardiff.

It involves peer mentors helping 11 to 18-year-olds who are at risk of getting involved in serious crimes like drug dealing and violence.

Paul Carberry, Action for Children director for Scotland, said: “Serious organised crime is an issue for the whole of the UK, disproportionately impacts the more vulnerable in our communities, and has a greater presence in socially and economically disadvantaged areas.

“Since 2013 this project has worked intensively with more than 70 young people across Glasgow, diverting them away from a life in serious organised crime and into employment.

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“The success from Scotland will lead the way across the UK to help ensure that every child and young person in the country has a safe and happy childhood with the foundations they need to thrive.”


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