Help for vulnerable young people
We work in partnership across the county to help boost the resilience of young people at risk of child criminal exploitation or in need of a clearer direction in life.
Positive Futures has come to fruition thanks to support from the Premier League and Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk (OPCCN), and Norfolk County Council Children’s Services, and is divided into two strands – ‘Protect’ and ‘Prepare’.
‘Protect’ is a preventative programme aimed at 11 to 13-year-olds who show signs of risk such as persistent absence from school, difficult personal relationships, a significant decline in school results or concerns with their emotional well-being.
“Prepare’ offers targeted intervention for pupils in Year 10 whose emotional resilience and self-esteem may have been affected by anxiety and stress at a crucial time in their lives.
“The programme has been really good to be a part of, it has helped me understand my feelings and how to talk about how I feel with other people.”
“I’m learning a lot about my own and others mental wellbeing. It’s a fun way of learning and teaching me things I didn’t know much about before.”
Quotes from young people taking part in the programme.
You can search for more information around Positive Futures in our Document Library.
Norfolk Youth Offending Team
Norfolk Youth Offending Team (YOT) is a partnership of local experts from policing, health, children’s services and probation whose aim it is to prevent children and young people from offending, helping them to restore the damage caused by their actions and achieve their potential.
The PCC provides funding to Norfolk YOT to fund activity to reduce the number of Norfolk youngsters entering the criminal justice system for the first-time, re-offending and receiving custodial sentences.
“Norfolk Youth Offending Team is committed to helping young people achieve their full potential and lead pro-social lives by providing support and positive activities. Partnership funding is central to our provision. Recent activities such as sailing trips and drama workshops have resulted in some of our young people going on to achieve things they never thought possible. This brings not only better outcomes for individual young people but for our communities too.”
Claire Winchester, Area Manager for King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth units at Norfolk YOT.
You can search for more information around the Norfolk Youth Offending Team partnership in our Document Library.