A budget amendment requesting an additional £500k spend on Detached Youth Work across the county was agreed at Full Council meeting today, which when added to planned new spend, will give a bonus of £1m in new cash for Youth Services in Kent.
The additional £500,000 will be found a reduction in the council’s spend on external leases and will provide £400k for new detached of detached youth workers and £100k for associated infrastructure and equipment.
The Children, Young People and Education Directorate has also recently made plans to use local developer (s.106) contributions to develop KCC’s targeted youth outreach capacity, through which an additional £500,000 will be channelled into targeted youth work, supporting a new adolescent service model to reduce extra familial risks to adolescents.
Combined with the decision today, this means an extra £1m will be going into Youth provision in Kent – a 25% increase on this year.
Sue Chandler, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education said: “We are delighted to accept this amendment and increase our funding for Youth Work across Kent.
“Detached street-based youth work responds to the needs of often hard to reach young people and the communities in which they live and provides them with an opportunity to learn in a way that best suits and benefits them.
“Investing in a bright future for our young people in Kent is a priority for the council, and by funding these early intervention strategies we hope to improve the lives and prospects of all those involved and help them to flourish.”