Police and Youth Encouragement Scheme (PAYES)
PAYES is a youth and community initiative aimed at young people from the Sefton area of Merseyside who are at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity.
PAYES targets young people aged 12 or 13 who have not come to the adverse attention of the Police themselves, but are considered to be at risk of doing so. Risk factors include the presence of young offenders amongst their peers, regular truanting from school, and/or sharing a home with a known offender. Young people can be referred to the Scheme by a number of agencies, including Connexions, Family Support Units and Schools. Once their eligibility has been confirmed, they are interviewed at home and invited to sign a contract committing them to good conduct, a proviso of remaining involved in the Scheme.