The Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership supports a range of projects designed to protect vulnerable young people, improve the opportunities open to them and reduce their risk of becoming involved in serious violence.
With the help of funding from the Home Office and partner organisations, grass-roots, community-based projects are being financed and supported across Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex.
See details of all VRP-funded projects for 2022-23.
Local violence reduction partnerships in each area provide the local knowledge, contacts and experience to bring the right partners together and target services effectively.
Brighton Streets 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.
Represented (Brighton Streets Plus) Project
Working with the art partners Miss Represented and in partnership with National Probation Service in Brighton & Hove, the Represented projected offers an arts engagement programme to young men aged 18-25 years.
Mind, Body, Football (Brighton Streets Plus) Project
Delivered through the Mentivity Project the Mind, Body, Football (Brighton Streets Plus) Project provides youth outreach and parental outreach work in Brighton, encouraging vulnerable young people to engage in sport and divert them away from high risk behaviours.
The Hangleton & Knoll (Brighton Streets Plus) Project
The Hangleton & Knoll (Brighton Streets Plus) Project offers a youth membership for young people 11-19 years and up to 25 with special educational needs (SEND) to access community based youth clubs, interest groups, sports clubs, holiday activity programmes and a Youth Bus delivering street-based community youth work (detached/outreach).
East Sussex College Central project
Youth Offending Team practitioners work alongside pastoral care teams at College Central Pupil Referral Unit to provide support to pupils, including delivery of knife crime interventions and individually tailored programmes.
East Sussex Multi Agency Child Exploitation (MACE) Family Keywork Service
Delivered by East Sussex County Council, the MACE Family Keywork Team operates across the whole of the county and works with children and their families up to the age of 18 years. The team works directly to the MACE Operational Group taking referrals for children who are rated as at risk of criminal and/or sexual exploitation. All young people and their families receive targeted interventions in respect of knife crime prevention, exploitation risk and safety planning as a minimum; alongside other interventions in response to identified assessment needs.
West Sussex Coastal Detached Youth Programme
Working in identified hotspot and high harm areas across Adur and Worthing, Arun and Chichester the West Sussex Coastal Detached Youth Programme offers detached outreach and intervention programmes in those areas with the most significant challenges of serious violence amongst young people The project targets areas with emerging concerns, and employs early intervention techniques to prevent escalation in hotspot areas.
West Sussex (Crawley) Outreach & Diversion Project
West Sussex (Crawley) Outreach & Diversion Project provides one-on-one, therapeutic interventions with identified individual children and groups in need of support and also works indirectly with the child’s wider environment such as their school and home, to ensure they are safeguarded outside of the project.
West Sussex Schools and Exclusions Project
The West Sussex Schools and Exclusions Project provides funding for a mixture of programmes across schools in Littlehampton and Worthing to include specialist support for those at risk of serious violence/exploitation/permanent exclusion.