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 mission. This includes the way we use our funding. We're a ten year project and, in the later years of our life, we'll use our funding to scale things up, to spread great practice and to look to change the system. Right now, we're at the start of our journey. We're using our funding to build a consensus – from the grass-roots to the government – on what works best to support young people. We believe that every child deserves the very best research on what works and for everyone to get behind what will make the biggest 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 an independent research organisation to truly find out if and how a project works.
Reducing violence is complicated. To make sure that children and young people keep safe, we have to make sure their needs are met. That's why we're running themed grant rounds, each looking at a different need. For more information on our themed grant rounds visit our funding themes web page https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/funding/themes/. This grant is focused on children's need for a supportive home.
Every child needs a supportive home to grow up well and achieve their potential. Whether it’s through family therapy or parenting classes, we know that helping parents and carers can make a difference to children at risk of becoming involved in violence. That’s why YEF plans to build the evidence of what works to make sure every child grows up feeling supported at home. Our supportive home theme aims to answer the question:
“Which approaches are most effective in helping families and carers to create a supportive home environment for 6- to 14-year-old children (or children aged up to 18 years old if they’re in the care system), reducing the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence?"
By ‘families’, we mean anyone who plays a long-term supportive role in a child’s life, this could include extended family members or kinship networks, foster families and children’s homes. Family may not necessarily be blood relations or family members who permanently live in the same household. We want to understand what works for children growing up with all different kinds of families.
Please do apply for this round if you have a proposal that fits with this.
Thank you for everything you do for young people.