Issue details

Award of cooperation agreements to Area Inclusion Partnerships for provision of Mentoring services to support young people at risk of involvement in violence to re-engage with education

The DfE has made available grant funding to establish SAFE Taskforces in 10 local authority areas across the country, as part of the cross-government Beating Crime Plan published in July 2021, which announced investment in specialist support in schools in serious violence hotspots to support young people at risk of involvement in violence to re-engage with education.


The primary intervention to be funded through this grant is Educational Inclusion Mentoring, which will be delivered predominantly by the East Area Inclusion Partnership (AIP). This provision will run from September 2022 to March 2025, with an agreement start date in June 2022 to allow for recruitment of Mentors. Some provision will also be delivered by way of cooperation agreements with the other four AIPs.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 13/05/2022

Decision due: Not before 13th Jun 2022 by Director of Children and Families

Lead director: Director of Children and Families

Department: Children and Families

Contact: Kelly Newby, Vulnerable Children Lead 07826 541386 Email:

Consultation process

The Leeds SAFE Taskforce has been established with all key stakeholders to be represented, including schools. Consultation has been taken and will continue throughout the programme with schools, including AIP Chairs. 


AIP chairs representing schools in the East and North-West of the City; Safer Leeds; West Yorks Violence Reduction Unit; Leeds CAMHS; West Yorks Police; Leeds Youth Justice Service; virtual School Head; Educational Psychology; third sector organisations; wider Leeds schools Heads.

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Economy, Culture & Education