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We’re here to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence.

We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice.

FIND OUT WHAT WORKS

Youth Endowment Fund Toolkit

We’ve developed the YEF Toolkit as a free online resource to help you put evidence of what works to prevent serious violence into action.

Find out what works for your area of work, and how we can collaboratively help make a positive change to the lives of young people at risk of violence.

Sectors

To help us make the biggest difference over the ten years of our endowment, we’ve selected ​seven sectors​ where we’ll use evidence to identify what works and what needs to change, so that children are better supported and violence reduces.

For each sector we’ll produce practice and systems guidance, alongside online and in-person events to join.

Education

Whether you work in school, college or Alternative Provision setting, or help to oversee and set policy for the education system, our job is to make it easy to know what works and to help you to make it happen.

Youth Justice

We are looking to improve support for young people who have been arrested, but not charged.

Children’s Services

How do we best support families facing challenges to help them create a safe, loving environment at home?

Policing

How does policing best prevent violence – including through working with other organisations where the police are not the lead?

Health

How do we use therapy to keep children save from becoming involved in violence?

Youth

How can a trusted adult outside the family help keep a child safe, and what positive activities can support young people from becoming involved in violence?

Neighbourhoods

How do we best support the neighbourhoods sector to support children at risk of violence outside the home?

Our latest research reports

Find out what works through evaluation and guidance reports

  • Report

    Report:Education guidance

    Our Education, Children and Violence guidance provides school, college and alternative provision (AP) leaders across England and Wales with fiveevidence-based recommendations on how to help prevent children’s involvement in violence. Recommendations The recommendations in this report provide guidance on the ‘best bets’ from the underpinning evidence. School, college and AP leaders’ professional judgement on how…
    Education
  • Race Equity Progress

    Report:Race Equity Progress Report 2023

    In October 2022, we published our race equity goals and objectives. These provide us with clear and actionable targets to work towards and mean that we can be held accountable for our actions, internally and externally.  Our Race Equity Progress Report outlines our advancement towards these published goals over the past year. It describes what…
  • Systems Guidance

    Report:Systems Guidance: Arrested Children

    The Youth Endowment Fund exists to prevent children from becoming involved in violence. One of the ways we seek to achieve this mission is improving support for children when they are arrested. This includes diverting them from formal youth justice processes like appearing at court. This is a critical moment where effective support can change…

Funded projects

We fund work in England and Wales that aims to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence – especially those aged between 10 and 14-years old.

Every programme and activity we fund, we’ll evaluate. We do this because we want to learn what works, for whom and why.

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Funding good work

We fund work in England and Wales that aims to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence.

Finding what works

We evaluate every programme and activity that we fund. Our aim is to find out what works, for whom and why.

Working for change

To make a lasting difference we’ll build a movement of people and organisations passionate about making sure that young people get the very best support possible.

Members of the Youth Advisory Board

Youth Advisory Board

We’re giving young people a stake in our decision making and a voice on the issues that matter to them.

We can only achieve by putting young people at the heart of our work. That’s why we’ve set-up a Youth Advisory Board.

Latest from YEF

What’s new at YEF

  • Blog

    Blog:Behind the knife crime statistics: understanding children who carry weapons

    Every life lost due to violence is one too many. However, violence isn’t inevitable. Recent data shows there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic. In 2022/23 (the latest year we have figures for), hospital admissions for assault with a knife or sharp object were down 9% on the previous year.
  • News

    News:Youth Endowment Fund sets out blueprint to help schools protect children from violence

    Mentoring, sports and lessons on violence in relationships are just a few of the strategies that schools and colleges can use to protect their pupils from violence, according to new guidance from the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF).
  • Report

    Report:Education guidance

    Our Education, Children and Violence guidance provides school, college and alternative provision (AP) leaders across England and Wales with fiveevidence-based recommendations on how to help prevent children’s involvement in violence. Recommendations The recommendations in this report provide guidance on the ‘best bets’ from the underpinning evidence. School, college and AP leaders’ professional judgement on how…
    Education

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  • New Toolkit strands (School-based education programmes, Functional Family Therapy, Arts participation)
  • Diversion guidance report
  • New funding rounds
  • New research: one of the largest studies of children’s experiences of violence.

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