The Youth Endowment Fund exists 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.
Having a supportive home helps to keep children safe from involvement in violence. Where children live in homes where there’s conflict or domestic abuse, alcohol or substance misuse or where other family members are involved in crime, they’re at higher risk.
That’s why we want to invest in programmes that support families. And that includes building our understanding of what works for children in the care system, who’re significantly overrepresented in the youth justice system.
Which approaches are most effective in helping families and carers to create a supportive home environment for 6 to 14 year-old children (including looked-after children), reducing the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence?
We’ll aim to identify around 10-20 programmes that are ready for robust impact evaluation or could be supported to reach this point within two years. We will look to spend between £10 million and £20 million depending on the quality of the applications.
We are likely to be interested in funding and evaluating programmes where the evidence of positive impacts on children is promising. This may include activities like:
With our partners Comic Relief, we’ll be involving young people with lived experience of crime and violence to help us develop the scope of this themed grant round. We’ll also be talking to people working with children and families, people who commission services for families and experts on family-focused programmes.
Alongside further research, speaking to you will help us make sure that we develop the right criteria for this round. We’ll publish more information in July 2021.
Our conversations with people working to keep children safe – and young people themselves – made it clear that we should focus on helping families. There’s also clear evidence that family support could be effective. But lots of the evidence is international rather than UK-based, and many of the underlying studies have limitations.
By funding programmes in England and Wales, we can build our knowledge of how best to support families, foster carers and children’s homes so that children have a supportive home.
Comic Relief are investing £2 million to help us find out how high-quality family support can help children who are most at risk of becoming involved in violence.
We want to thank Comic Relief for supporting this important area of work.
Scoping workshops: April – July 2021
We’ll run a series of online workshops with people and organisations working in this area and with young people with experience of crime and violence. If you’d like to know more about how you can take part in these discussions, please click here to email Iesha.
Scope of round announced: August 2021
Application workshops: August – September 2021
Online applications open: September 2021
Shortlisted applicants informed: November 2021
Shortlisted applicants co-design programmes and evaluations with evaluators: November 2021 – February 2022
Grants awarded: March 2022
More information on the application process and guidance will be available when we publish the final scope of this round in August 2021. For more information, you can read our prospectus (for the Welsh version, click here).
We’ll run a series of online workshops with people and organisations working in this area and with young people with experience of crime and violence.
If you’d like to know more about how you can take part in these discussions, click here to email Iesha.