We’ve committed to focus on specific areas where violence is more common.
We know that a lot of violent crime happens in very specific local areas. To make a difference, we need to work with the people and organisations who live and work there – they know their communities best.
We’ll do this through our place-based work, which we define as:
Organised effort across a defined geography to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence in a way that is responsive to local need and context.
There are three main strands to this:
To make a difference, many believe that it is essential to work with the people and organisations who live and work there as they know their communities best. The Neighbourhood Fund will test different models and approaches to community engagement to better understand how, where and why it supports improved outcomes for children at risk of becoming involved in violence. Through the Neighbourhood Fund we want to learn whether this type of approach can work in areas where there are higher numbers of children involved in crime and violence.
For the first round of our Neighbourhood Fund, the five areas we’ve chosen to receive funding are:
In our report, Building safer neighbourhoods, we outline the methodology and data we used, and explain some of the judgements and trade-offs we made in identifying and choosing these areas. We hope that, by publishing our methods, we’ll provide transparency in the thinking behind our decisions.
We know that many children at risk of becoming involved in violence are known to local agencies. Yet this knowledge is often fragmented across multiple organisations, with different people holding different pieces of the puzzle. Opportunities where agencies could and should work together are sometimes missed. To help understand where those opportunities are, we’re investing in our Agency Collaboration Fund. We’ll run evaluations to find out the most effective ways agencies can work together to identify and support the children most at risk.
We’re committed to supporting Violence Reduction Units to help them make sustainable, evidence-based change in their areas.
If you have a question about our place-based work, please read our FAQs.