Issue details

Procurement of services to support the reduction in serious youth violence through improved attendance and engagement at school

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 in Leeds is Educational Inclusion Mentoring, which will be delivered predominantly by the East Area Inclusion Partnership (AIP). This provision will run from October 2022 to March 2025. Alongside and in support of this intervention, the Leeds SAFE Taskforce wants to commission a pro social skills training offer for schools and young people; a bespoke package of training and support for the Educational Inclusion Mentors; and some targeted after-school provision.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/07/2022

Decision due: Not before 2nd Aug 2022 by Director of Children and Families

Lead director: Director of Children and Families

Department: Children and Families

Contact: Helen Stevens, Commissioning Officer 0113 37 85426 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



  • Report to be provided to the decision maker.