The Unlocking Potential (UP) project has been commissioned by the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) as part of the local response to preventing serious violence amongst under 25s. This document outlines how the UP Project fits into the local Violence Prevention Framework and provides an overview of key elements of the delivery model.
The provider of the project, Leicestershire Cares, brokers partnerships and creates opportunities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) that enable the business sector to understand community needs, contribute to the growth of inclusive, safe communities and to support and inspire children and young people in their transition to the workplace. All children and young people are supported to reach their full potential.
The UP Project supports young people aged 16-25 who are at risk of offending, current offenders or ex-offenders. It offers holistic support to address social, practical, economical and emotional issues which prevent young people from accessing education, employment or training thus greatly reduces their risks of offending and/or reoffending including in relation to violence.
The Project will match these young people and adults with local employers to undertake supported work placements. Many of these young people have been convicted for violence related offences; tailored support will be offered to young people to reduce the risk of involvement (or re-involvement) in the criminal justice system including as a result of aggressive or violent behaviour within or outside of relationships.