- The focus of this round is on supporting children and young people who have been or are at high-risk of being affected by violence, offending and/or exploitation (often referred to as ‘tertiary level prevention’).
- Specifically, specifically children and young people who are:
- Primarily aged 10 to 18 years old.
- And have one or more of the following key characteristics or unmet needs:
- Affiliation with groups (often referred to as gangs) involved in crime, violence and trafficking.
- Affected by serious violence, criminal or sexual exploitation (as perpetrators and/or victims).
- Part of families with history of harmful or challenging behaviour and repetitive cycles of abuse, trauma and neglect.
- And are:
- In contact with services that target youth offending and/or affiliation with groups involved in violence and/or child criminal or sexual exploitation.
- Have been in custody or known to the police and multi-agency safeguarding teams.
- To support this, they’re launching a £500,000 research round.
- They are looking to fund 2-5 projects.
- They expect most projects to be delivered over 12-18 months from initial commissioning.
What research methods and approaches will they fund?
- The types of methodologies they’d expect to see include:
- Descriptive analysis – particular interest in cohorts or issues which haven’t been explored before, a key example would be issues of racial or other disproportionalities.
- Relationship testing – for example simple linear regressions or multi-level modelling that look to test for the existence of relationships to offending outcomes.
- Impact -Quasi-experimental methods that exploit variations in policy or practice to establish casual relationships with offending and other violence related outcomes.
What questions are they looking to address?
- In this call they’re asking for research proposals that fit with the themes of the YEF’s first three fundings rounds:
- Diversion from the criminal justice system;
- A supportive home; and,
- A safe, positive place to learn.
What you will fund?
- They’re looking to fund and evaluate projects that assign children or young people either an adult mentor or a key or case worker to act as a trusted adult.
- That means we’ll invest in:
- Mentoring projects (tertiary level) – this involves children or young people being assigned an adult mentor.
- Key and case worker projects (tertiary level) – this involves children or young people being assigned a keyworker or caseworker.
- Some of the important evidence gaps they’ve identified are:
- Which children are diverted? How does this vary across locations, and what racial and other disproportionalities exist?
- How are they diverted? How are decisions made for different types of diversion, and are the right young people diverted?
- How do diversions affect future offending outcomes including frequency and severity? What is the impact of local variation in implementation of diversion and other policy reforms?
Activities may include:
- Building genuine trusted relationships that demonstrate care about the young person and their future.
- Setting goals, motivating young people and empowering them to solve problems.
- Providing information, advice and guidance to address practical issues such as housing, employment and debt.
- Signposting to and advocating for access to other services.
- Actively engaging in changing attitudes and thinking and developing skills for reflective thinking.
- Finding opportunities to engage in positive activities (e.g. sport, theatre, music).
Projects must be delivered in either England and/or Wales.
For more information, visit https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/grants/a-trusted-adult/