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Big Lottery invests £25m to tackle first-time offending

As part of its Realising Ambition programme, BIG has earmarked 25 projects that tackle criminal activity and anti-social behaviour in eight to 14-year-olds among which the pot will be split. The focus is to scale up or replicate existing projects that have delivered proven results, with some being implemented in the UK for the first time, and all to commence either later this year or in 2013 or 2014.

Youth charity Catch22 worked with specialist partners including Darlington Social Research Unit, Rathbone, Substance and Young Foundation to identify the diverse range of projects to receive the BIG funding.

Young people living in disadvantaged areas and who are considered to be at risk of being drawn into offending and anti-social behaviour are to be targeted by the projects, which will be implemented in a range of settings, such as schools, communities and within families. The projects are being funded for an initial five-year period, over which time they will be closely monitored and assessed by their providers.

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