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News - 22 February 2012

Hampshire County Council £2.7m investment into Children services.

The Council's Executive Lead Member for Children's Services, Councilor Roy Perry is being asked to agree the grants at his decision day on Monday, 20 February 2012 from the Children's Services Integrated Grants programme and the department's new Youth Support Services (YSS) grants programme.

Youth support services have been redesigned in the wake of government funding cuts and the transfer of the responsibility to provide careers advice and guidance to pupils from Local Authorities to schools. As part of the re-shaped services the County Council will be investing a total or around £1.8m into voluntary sector organisations to enable them to develop their services for young people. The services will retain a focus on young people who are the most vulnerable, enabling them to access targeted services in their communities as well as providing open access services for all young people.

The youth support services grant applications have been evaluated by a panel of district based representatives following guidance from Local Children's Partnerships which comprise of representatives from a wide range of organisations including schools who work with and for young people. Each LCP is allocated a budget for both CSI grants and Youth Support grants according to a formula based on local needs.

In addition to the YSS grants Councilor Perry will also be asked to agree more than £1m in Children's Services Integrated grants to organisations providing a range of support services for children and young people including support for young carers, support for children from the gypsy and traveler communities, support for children at risk of exclusion and offending, family support services and young parent mentoring programmes.

Councilor Perry will also be asked to consider a separate grant of £10,000 for the Global Rock Challenge and endorse funding already agreed by the Executive Member for Culture and Recreation on 20 January for The Princes Trust for youth participation and employment activities plus an additional grant of £7,500 for the organisation to come from Children's Services Adult Learning Budget for employment support work with 19-25 year olds.

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