An aim this year is to implement contextual safeguarding to increase the safety of children and young people in peer groups, school and the community. The Routes to Safety Project will directly focus on developing safe routes/spaces to and around schools and deliver activities to children and young people in peer groups which reduce the risk of youth violence.
This project is an early intervention partnership between the Violence Reduction Network, Leicester City Council Youth Service and City Secondary Schools. It uses a detached youth work model to work with children and young people in secondary school education in and around the schools they attend. Adopting a contextual prevention approach, the project aims to work with partners to develop safe routes/spaces to and around schools and deliver activities to children and young people in peer groups which reduce the risk of youth violence.
The project also aims to promote and secure improved school attendance through this direct work with young people. Importantly, the workers will often act as a conduit for children, young people, their families, schools and other partners to access other relevant services. The workers will also align with the new Schools Liaison Officers funded through Leicestershire Police’s Serious Violence ‘Surge’ fund.