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Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many schemes aimed at (a) improving parenting skills, (b) supporting dysfunctional families and (c) providing diversionary activities for young people at risk of offending his Department has introduced since 1997; how much has been spent on such schemes; and how much has been provided to local authorities in ring-fenced funding for each such scheme. (312220)

In relation to parts (a) and (b), these issues fall within the remit of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, who provided a response on 2 March 2010, Official Report, columns 1172-73W.

In response to part (c), the Home Office-funded Positive Futures programme was launched in 2001 and aims to prevent young people from becoming involved in substance misuse, crime and antisocial behaviour by engaging them in sport and arts based activities and supporting them to access education, training, employment and volunteering opportunities. The programme is delivered locally by a range of partners including local authorities and local and national third sector providers.

Total Home Office expenditure on the Positive Futures programmes is shown in the following table:

Positive Futures programmes: Funding


Outturn expenditure















Expenditure from previous years and a breakdown of individual grants to local authorities is not available without disproportionate cost.


Home Office Accounting System

In addition, in May 2004, the Home Office set up the Connected Fund, which provided small grants to local community organisations working primarily with young people and included work such as mentoring projects and diversionary activities. Over six rounds of funding, a total of £1.75 million was disbursed to 400 community organisations. However, it is not possible to disaggregate the amount of funding which was specifically used to support diversionary activities.

From 2009-10, we have made available £4.5million over three years to 150 organisations working to divert young people from gun, gang and knife crime through the Community Fund.

In December 2008, the Home Office launched a £500,000 funding stream for 2009-10 of the Youth Sector Development Fund, aimed at organisations working specifically with young people most at risk of becoming involved in gang and knife crime.