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Targeted project

Trauma-informed practice and its impact on youth violence – Eligibility criteria

Co-funded with the Home Office

The table below summarises the scope of this funding round and will help you determine whether you’re eligible for funding. If you’re unsure you might want to look at our FAQs section and / or check whether you’re eligible here

 In scope Out of scope 
Children and young people we want to reach We want to fund projects that ultimately aim to benefit children and young people who are in most need of trauma-informed practice. This means the TIP programmes should focus on benefiting children and young people that are likely to have been exposed to traumatic experiences and / or show behaviours that are associated with exposure to traumatic experiences and are associated with an increased risk of becoming involved in violence.  At least one of the following should apply to the children and young people who could benefit:   Have committed an offence or are at risk of committing an offence (violent or non-violent) Have been a victim of crime Are showing early signs of, or who have developed challenges with their behaviour Abuse or misuse substances, or have a substance misuse disorder Have experience of the care system Show poor school attendance and exclusion (fixed-term or permanent exclusions), or are at risk of exclusion Have been exposed to verbal, mental or physical abuse Have had experiences of racism Have been exposed to sexual or alcohol abuse Have experienced hostile parental separation, domestic violence, parental mental illness, neglect, or parental incarceration Have had other experiences of trauma Children and young people outside this focus. 
Age of the children and young people 10 to 18-year-olds (at the start of the project) or 10-21-year-olds for looked after children (LAC) and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Anyone outside this age range.
Activities Programmes / approaches that deliver trauma-informed activities to professionals / organisations that work with children and young people as outlined above on a regular basis and in one or more of the following areas:    Organisational learning: staff training and development Organisational policies: changes to policies and ways of working Organisational processes: implementing trauma-focused referrals and planning    A more detailed overview of the areas we’re interested in will be provided in the application guidance. Projects need to demonstrate a plausible (and preferably evidence-based) theoretical link between the planned activities and the changes they seek to make (the intended outcomes). Therapeutic/clinical trauma-specific interventions involving practitioners with specialised skills. For example, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.     Projects with no plausible theoretical link between activities and intended outcomes.    
Delivery organisations Education settings, local authorities, or other relevant statutory bodies, charities, public services or private sector organisations.  Programme must be delivered:  In England and / or Wales and Preferably within the youth justice or education or children’s social care services.   Capacity or potential (if provided with sufficient funding) to deliver to a sufficient number of professionals. This number will depend on how many children and young people one professional works with on average. Over the course of the project, trained professionals need to interact with at least 500 children and young people.*  Delivery organisations not meeting these criteria. For example, organisations that won’t be able to deliver in England and / or Wales. 
Type of evaluation We’ll prioritise projects that meet the conditions needed for a rigorous impact evaluation, such as a randomised controlled trial.    This requires a fully developed programme (including fully developed delivery model, activities and materials) that has been delivered for at least six months in the UK.    However, we’ll also consider projects that aren’t fully developed yet and require a pilot study prior to an impact evaluation. We would work with you on the development. This would be on the condition that both the pilot and the impact evaluations could feasibly be conducted within the specified delivery time (between August 2023 – March 2025).  Programmes that are not fully developed and do not have the potential to be fully developed within six months.      

*  For example, if each professional works, on average, with 15 children and young people at any given time then this would require a project to deliver to approx. 34 professionals for their work to ultimately reach 500 children and young people. This would require an organisation to recruit a total of 68 professionals so that half of the total sample can form the comparison group that continues with their usual practice. It is important to note that all participating professionals will be involved in the evaluation.  

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