We are a charity who are passionate about building a world where no child or young person becomes involved in violence. Our small part in this is to find what works and build a movement to put this knowledge into practice. Everything we do is intended to help us fulfil this duty. This includes the way we use our funding. In the later years of our life we will use our funding to scale things up, to spread great practice and to look to change the system. In the earlier years we will use our funding to build a consensus – from the grass-roots to the government – on what works best to support young people. Even though grassroots organisations feel frustrated that they ‘know’ what works, there is not a consensus on what works. We believe that our most vulnerable young people deserve the very best research on what works and for everyone to get behind what will best make a difference.
This country has spent many millions using high quality evaluation to understand which vaccines can keep us safe from Covid. We believe that our young people deserve the same rigour of evaluation. In these first few years, we will use most of our funding to fund the same sort of trials and evaluations. This means we will look to fund great work over a number of years and fund a separate organisation to evaluate it properly (not just for a pretty report).
Keeping young people safe from violence cuts across lots of different areas from youthwork to schooling, policing to parenting, social work to healthcare. Because of this we will target each Grant Rounds on meeting different needs that children have. This ensures that we can build a deep knowledge about what works for each need. One round might be focused on giving young people 'A Fair Society', another on providing 'A Safe, Positive Place to Learn'.
This round is focused on Diverting Young People from the Criminal Justice System. We are looking for applications that help us answer this question:
"What approaches are most effective at diverting 10 to 17-year-old children from the criminal justice system at turning point moments before court action is taken, ensuring they do not become involved in crime or violence in the future?"
Please do apply for this round if you have a proposal that fits with this. Thank you for everything you do for young people.