Funding boost to help young offenders with special educational needs in South Yorkshire

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Young offenders with special educational needs in South Yorkshire are set to benefit from cash to help them reintegrate within the community.

Sheffield Futures has been given more than £325,000 from the Government to work closely with young offenders with special educational needs and disabilities.

The money will help the organisation, based on Division Street, in Sheffield city centre, build evidence on what helps to assess their needs, allowing them to reintegrate within the community.

Methods gained from the project will be used to develop local and national training to equip staff with new information on how to support young offenders.

Lynne Hilson, Sheffield Futures’ operations manager said: “We are thrilled to have secured funding to deliver dedicated support to young offenders aged 10 to 17 with special educational needs and disability.

“With the focus on positive outcomes, we will work in partnership with South and West Yorkshire local authorities, youth offending teams and police to ensure identified young people return to their community to a meaningful life.

“We are especially delighted to be incorporating voices of young people into the delivery and training.”

Sheffield Futures is one of 94 successful applicants to receive a portion of the Government’s £25m Voluntary and Community Sector National Prospectus grants.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said: “The grant will help give children with special educational needs who have had troublesome early years to turn their lives around. This was a highly competitive application process and the bid showed that Sheffield Futures will put the funds to great use.”