The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) has announced a new £40m investment aimed at helping to keep children out of the youth justice system.
The investment will be made in two pots worth up to £20m with the first coming after the completion of a four-month consultation with young people with lived experience of violence and professionals working with them. It will examine and fund the work of diversionary programmes including mental health support, whole family interventions or mentoring. Applications to the grant round will open on 19 April 2021.
The second round of funding will be made later in the year and will be used to establish how helping families can support children and young people who are at risk of becoming involved in violence.
YEF Executive Director, Jon Yates said: “We would like to thank every single person – the young people, the community and youth workers, the teachers, the social workers and the police officers – who took the time to help shape our direction.
“You were clear that if we don’t address the serious overrepresentation of some groups of children in the youth justice system, we can’t achieve our mission.
“As our work continues, we’ll carry on listening to you to make sure we do the right thing for the children we’re here to support. We’ll share everything we learn, because we know that evidence is no use if it just stays on the shelf. Together, we can use it to make change happen and keep our children safe."
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