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Fire Services: Youth Services

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the merits of (a) the Wiltshire Fire Service Salamander scheme and (b) other fire service youth community projects. (204234)

The Department commissioned research, published in March 2006, looking into the effectiveness of youth training and diversion schemes. The research found that where schemes were evaluated independently there are examples of projects that have achieved clear and demonstrable outcomes for young people. Such outcomes include boosting young people’s confidence and motivation; changing attitudes towards offending and antisocial social behaviour; and achieving re-engagement with education. The Wiltshire Fire Service Salamander scheme was not launched until July 2006 and therefore did not form part of the Department’s research.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of young people who have participated in youth community projects run by fire services in England in each of the last three years. (204235)

The Department provided £11.4 million funding for 2006-08, through its Fire Prevention Grant, to Fire and Rescue Services in England to develop a range of schemes, some of which are youth community projects. The Department has commissioned evaluation of the grant scheme, including levels of participation, which will be published later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which youth community projects are run by fire services in England. (204236)

The Department does not hold centrally a list of youth community projects run by fire and rescue services in England. The results of a recent London fire brigade national survey of youth focused projects run by fire and rescue services will be jointly published by London fire brigade and the Department later in the summer.