Home Office Minister Norman Baker has congratulated YUSU for its involvement in setting up a Street Angels-style initiative.
The Liberal Democrat MP said that he “very much” welcomed the proposal as he answered questions on anti-social behaviour in the House of Commons.
The MP for Lewes added that doing away with the “old top-down approach” and giving ”the agencies the freedom and flexibility they need to make a difference locally” meant that the proposal could go ahead.
The NightSafe scheme being set up by the university’s students’ union will involve undergraduates and postgraduates patrolling the York city streets in a bid to reduce the number of students in vulnerable situations, to reduce drug and alcohol-related hospital admissions and to reduce the pressure placed on the emergency services.
YUSU President Kallum Taylor told Vision: “We’re really pleased to see that the NightSafe idea has reached parliament. Even though we still have to find the resource to pull off exactly what we want to pull off, if this can inspire others across the nation to do similar things then that can only be a good thing.”
Mr Baker was asked to welcome the proposals by local Conservative MP Julian Sturdy, who said: “Will the Minister join me in welcoming proposals from students at York university to establish a Street Angels-style initiative? The aim is to combat antisocial behaviour and to prevent alcohol and drug-related tragedies for those who find themselves in particularly vulnerable situations.”
The move comes following the disappearance of two young people in the city within the last three months.
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