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October 1, 2020

What works: Preventing children and young people from becoming involved in violence.


This briefing was an interim resource, while we were working on systematic summaries of the evidence. Please visit the YEF Toolkit to find out what works best to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence.  

The Youth Endowment Fund was founded in 2019. When we were at the start of our journey, we produced the What Works briefing to show you what we’d found out from an initial review of some of the existing evidence on preventing children and young people from becoming involved in violence.  

As we outlined in the briefing, at the point it was published we hadn’t conducted a systematic review of the research. It was only intended to be an interim resource, to explain our early thinking and to help you start to think about where research evidence could be used it your work. 

Since then, we’ve produced our Evidence and Gap Map – the world’s largest resource mapping evidence on what works to keep children safe from involvement in violence.  And we’ve used it to develop the YEF Toolkit. In a single, online resource, the YEF Toolkit translates that research into easy-to-read summaries so you can use to inform your decisions.  

So if you’re looking to find out what the research says about different approaches to violence prevention we’d recommend you start the YEF Toolkit.   

That being said, if you’d like to see a copy of our briefing we’d be more than happy to share it with you. Email us at and we’ll send you a copy.