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Posted 14th September 2020

Organisations in Sheffield and Rotherham will be part of a national project investigating how physical activity and sport can reduce over-representation of minority and ethnic groups in youth justice.

Ten organisations from across Sheffield and Rotherham will be supported by Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF) over the next three years, as part of the Levelling the Playing Field project.

The £1.7m project is led by the Alliance of Sport in partnership with the Youth Justice Board, and is driven by extensive research that shows some children are less likely to take part in physical activity, and more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.

By working alongside local people and organisations across four initial target areas – London, the West Midlands, Gwent and South Yorkshire – Levelling the Playing Field is helping to develop the support already available in communities.

The ten organisations will provide data on existing sessions as well as stories from participants.  Each organisation will also choose two members of staff to be trained as mentors, with a specific expertise in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  All organisations will be brought together annually to share their learning.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for youth providers in Sheffield and Rotherham,” said Kathryn Mudge, co-lead for the YSF Communities work.

“They will be able to share their practice across the country, learn from like-minded organisations and develop additional mentoring skills. The project will recruit and train ten Mentors, all of whom will complete Level 3 Public Health and Trauma Responsive Mentoring qualification- a real bonus for the two districts and our young people.”

Project leader, Rudro Sen, commented: “After testing and evaluating in our four initial delivery areas, our aim is to scale up across England and Wales, bringing more opportunities and support for our beneficiaries, increased connectedness and trust with local criminal justice agencies and ultimately fewer children from minority ethnic groups involved in crime.”

Find out more by visiting the Levelling the Playing Field website.


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