Working with the Youth Justice sector: The Arts and Culture Investment Programme

Date Created: 11th Oct 2017

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In January 2016, we began a new strategic relationship with the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC), through a Partnership Investment programme, working with arts and youth justice. The £100,000 co-invested Arts and Culture Investment Programme is working to reduce antisocial behaviour and youth offending rates through sustainable, high-quality arts and culture, with Arts Council England’s Quality Principles at its heart.

Organisations were asked to put forward creative proposals to bid to work with children and young people aged 4-19 who have been, or are at risk of being, involved with crime, either as perpetrators or as victims. 16 projects were selected in the bidding process and supported by the Commissioner and Artswork.

In July 2017, we ran an event in Portsmouth to celebrate the progress of these 16 projects, with another of them showcased on the day.

“At Artswork, we see first-hand the positive impact arts and cultural activities can have on young people, and particularly those at risk. These projects have enabled young people to engage with a range of creative activities, including filmmaking, poetry and animation, as well as working towards and Arts Award qualification. These projects have allowed young people to take ownership of their work and develop confidence, aspiration, leadership skills and ambition. We hope that the successes seen here can be used in future to inform further programmes.” 

(Jane Bryant, CEO, Artswork)


Read more about the programme here



South East Bridge Youth Justice

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