Met-Track awarded prestigious 'Project Oracle' certification
As Met-Track nervously awaits the verdict from the BIG Lottery Fund as to whether they have successfully been granted a further four years' funding, the project was awarded another accolade by a third party organisation.
Project Oracle is London’s first children and youth evidence hub, managed by The Social Innovation Partnership and London Metropolitan University. Having completed various assessments relating to the work Met-Track has been conducting across London, Project Oracle has awarded the scheme with their level 1 certification. With very few projects receiving certification, it is a notably achievement for the project to receive recognition for the work it delivers around the capital.
The average cost of detaining a youth offender in custody for a year is £100,000 and frequently more. Hence, if Met-Track schemes prevent ONE youth offender from being detained, the potential saving to the taxpayer is £2milion/year based on 20 schemes in London. We believe this figure is significantly higher!
Why? Founded in 2005, Met-Track has become one of the most successful youth diversion schemes in London. Over 90% of the young people who engaged with the project for over a month did not offend or reoffend*. The scheme works with major partners, including the Metropolitan Police Service and youth/education professionals, to ensure its operation is intelligence-led and targets those young Londoners most likely to benefit. *Source: (annual evaluation 09/2015).
With our generous grant from the BIG Lottery Fund destined to run out in summer 2016, Met-Track will close after eleven years of serving London unless additional funds are found to support longer term sustainable future for the project.
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