The 21 areas where Alternative Provision Taskforces will be rolled out have been identified using combined data suggesting higher incidences of youth violence, including hospital admissions for assault with a sharp object, as well as the volume of serious violence offences. The funding provided to Alternative Provision settings will be based on their size and has been London weighted. The 10 SAFE areas will be confirmed in due course, from among the 21 announced today.
Jenny Adamson, Headteacher of Saffron Valley Collegiate said:
Over time, we have clearly seen the benefit of drawing in professionals from outside of teaching and learning to bring complex solutions to the complex issues surrounding our young people, but the opportunity to have a co-located team has excited and energised us.
This programme has the potential to ‘catch’ some of our young people in the earlier stages of concern, whilst putting a more effective safety net around those where issues are at the highest level. The Taskforces could not have been more welcome or timely and could be a game changer for many of our young people and their families.
Today’s announcement builds on a £10 million investment into behaviour hubs, which will enable schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) with exemplary behaviour cultures and practices to work in partnership with others that want to improve theirs.
The full list of 21 areas includes: Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Croydon, Liverpool, Leeds, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Nottingham, Leicester, Haringey, Newham, Bristol, Doncaster, Enfield, Southwark, Brent, Bradford, Salford, Lambeth and Sandwell.