Crime and Youth Justice Tackled Through New Partnerships

Some of the organisations involved in the Criminal Youth Justice Day

On Wednesday 21st November, over 25 people from different sport and physical activity organisations and also Crime and Youth Justice Organisations in Cornwall came together to ensure ALL young people in Cornwall get the opportunity to be physically active and to be able to use sport and physical activity as a tool to deter and reduce youth crime and Anti-Social Behaviour.

The workshop was arranged by StreetGames, a national charity with an aim to bring sport and physical activity to disadvantaged young people in England, Wales and Scotland, along with Cornwall Sports Partnership to influence that sport and physical sector can be used positively towards the prevention of crime and Anti-social behaviour in Cornwall.

Lewis Sanders, Project Coordinator at the CSP had this to say: "It was great to see organisations from National Governing Bodies to activity providers to Youth Offending Service to Safer Cornwall, all giving up their time to discuss this topic. At the CSP we are sure that all that attended left better informed, well-educated and with tips on how they can have an impact on reducing youth crime and making Cornwall a safer place to be physically active."

StreetGames

The workshop was successful due to the calibre of the subject specialists from StreetGames and Youth Offending Service.

Following his trip down to Cornwall, Graham Helm from national charity StreetGames said: "We all know that community sport can play an essential role in supporting young people around reaching their full potential. The engagement day highlighted the providers of community sport can really work on building protective factors to support some of our more vulnerable young people who are at risk of getting involved in the criminal justice system.

Bringing together colleagues from different sectors was both thought provoking and inspiring and placed community sport in a great position to push forward in this key youth"

Senior Youth Offending Officer for Cornwall, Sam Law commented: "The most striking thing about the day was that I left optimistic. I have seen many initiatives come and go and most don't deliver. I am very optimistic, in fact almost certain, that this will happen in Cornwall."

Partners will now work together along with the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner in implementing the plan to reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour.  If you would like to be a part of this project please get in touch with Lewis Sanders at Cornwall Sports Partnership by emailing lewis.sanders@cornwall.gov.uk