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Educating young offenders

A project led by Waltham Forest Council to help young people in custody improve their life chances has just been given an annual boost of £250,000 for the next 3 years.

Working with young offenders in six London boroughs, the pilot project – led by the Council – has been awarded the funding by the Youth Justice Board, in recognition of its innovation and success to date.

Giving the imprisoned young offenders better access to their families, improved education opportunities and support with job interviews for when they leave custody, the project will now extend for another three years.

Cllr Clare Coghill, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This gives us a fantastic opportunity to develop our existing plans and to help shape national policy on helping young people re-settle into their communities and lead productive lives.”

For more information visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk and search for ‘Youth Offending’ or call 020 8496 3000.

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