A new initiative is to help families with children who are abusive or violent towards their parents or carers.

Government funding has been secured to support a two-year pilot to deliver the Respect Young Peoples’ Programme.

It will receive up to 250 referrals for the 12-week programme with young people and their parents and carers getting support from multiple agencies.

Up to 18 children a year will also be able to access specialist support.

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Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie, who secured £625,000 from the Home Office, said it would “make a real difference”.

Eastern Daily Press: Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Giles Orpen-SmellieNorfolk’s police and crime commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie (Image: Jason Bye)

“Enabling children and adolescents to be aware of their own behaviour and reduce their risk to others will help prepare them for the future, to achieve their potential and improve safety for all involved,” he said.

Mandy Proctor, who chairs Norfolk Integrated Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS), one of the agencies involved, said: “Challenging and addressing abusive and violent behaviour is an important part of breaking the cycle of domestic abuse, particularly with young people, helping them to understand the impact of their behaviour and make positive changes moving forward.”