Today [7 October 2020], the Youth Endowment Fund has launched their call for people and organisations working to keep children safe from violence to help them set their priorities for the next three years.
Founded with an endowment from the Home Office, the charity will invest £200 million over ten years to find the most effective ways to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence. Today they’ve launched their strategy. To help them put it into action, they’re asking you to help decide the areas they should focus on from 2021-2023.
That charity wants to talk to anyone whose work involves keeping children and young people safe from involvement in violence. That includes people working in community and youth charities, local authorities, education, the police and health. They’re asking you to fill in a short form on their website to sign up to take part.
The Youth Endowment Fund will also be talking to children and young people who have experience of being involved in violence. Their views will also help the charity understand how they can make the most difference in the next three years.
This call is part of an ongoing commitment set out in the charity’s strategy to work with partners as they fund promising work, work out what really makes a difference to reducing violence and make sure this knowledge is put into practice in communities across England and Wales.
Victoria Atkins, Safeguarding Minister, said: “The Youth Endowment Fund is a long-term investment to help the next generation achieve their potential and lead positive, fulfilling lives.
“It is crucial to prevent young people from being drawn into violence and criminality and to intervene early where they are at risk.
“The Youth Endowment Fund strategy published today sets out a way forward to make this happen.”
Jon Yates, Executive Director of the Youth Endowment Fund, said: “The Youth Endowment Fund’s 10-year strategy is an ambitious long-term plan to use evidence, expertise and young people’s voices to make children’s lives safer.
When children become involved in violence it’s devastating to them, their families and their communities. Preventing violence is complex. There isn’t a simple solution. But – together – we have a once in a generation opportunity to find what works best and make change happen to keep our children safe.”
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry, Salford City Council said: “We wanted to make sure we were learning from the range of the professionals working in the youth justice service, so we could reach children early and prevent them from offending in the future.
“The Youth Endowment Fund offered us the chance to test an early intervention model. By working with our research partner, we’ve been able to think about the best partnership model, which professionals should be involved, how to measure success and, in the long run, how a successful scheme might be rolled out across the whole of Greater Manchester.”
The Youth Endowment Fund are committed to making sure everyone can take part. Through previous grant rounds, they’ve supported organisations to build their ability to understand what works. They’ll carry on doing this to make sure they’re working with and supporting smaller, local organisations who can’t always access funding for evaluation.