Sandwell Council is one of only 21 councils to receive money from central government from the Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund.
The successful bid by Sandwell Council will see more than £370,000 being used in projects in partnership with Sandwell Children’s Trust, West Midlands Police and the voluntary sector.
The money will be used to deliver a targeted one to one mentoring programme for at-risk students and parents which will include support in the community. They will also work with parents through the programme ‘Triple P’, an evidence-based support system for the parents of vulnerable children.
Councillor Simon Hackett, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, welcomed the funding boost. He said: “I’m pleased we have been successful in getting funds to support work to help families in Sandwell.
“I am also pleased we are being recognised on a national level for the good work we have already done. This extra money will help us and our partners continue to help vulnerable young people and make Sandwell a safer place.”
The money given to Sandwell is part of a £9.5million fund set out by the government’s Communities Department to help families who are vulnerable to the devastating effects of knife crime and gang culture.