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Trauma-informed practice funding round

 

The Youth Endowment Fund is a charity with a mission that matters. We exist to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice. We’re committed to making a significant and lasting difference for children, young people, families and their communities.

 

Children and young people at risk of becoming involved in violence deserve services that give them the best chance of a positive future. To make sure that happens, we’ll fund promising projects and then use the very best evaluation to find out what works. Just as we benefit from robust trials in medicine, young people deserve support grounded in the evidence.

 

One approach that has become increasingly popular across sectors related to youth violence, but currently lacks a robust evidence base is trauma-informed practice. We want to change this and, in partnership with the Home Office, we are launching this funding round to build our understanding of trauma-informed practice. Our main aim is to find out:

 

How effective is the implementation of trauma-informed practice in preventing young people from becoming involved in violence?

 

To help us answer this question, we plan to identify and fund up to three promising models of trauma-informed practice delivered in the education, children’s social care or youth justice sectors. We'll evaluate their impact on outcomes for staff and practitioners, as well as outcomes for children and young people they interact with. Specifically, we want to focus on activities that cover the following:

 

- Organisational learning: staff training and development

- Organisational policies: changes to policies and ways of working

- Organisational processes: implementing trauma-focused referrals and planning


And we want to find how different approaches can lead to reductions in child-level offending outcomes – both violent and non-violent.

 

On our website you can find information about the scope of the funding round and our eligibility criteria.

 

Applications will open on the 1st September 2022. 

 

If you have questions you can contact Dr. Mollie Bourne, Head of Evaluation and Partnerships for Targeted Projects at YEF: Mollie.Bourne@youthendowmentfund.org.uk.


How this form works

We've created this tool to help you find out if this funding is right for you, so that you have time to plan your application. It includes questions about your organisation and your approach, and based on your answers we'll tell you if this funding is right for you.


While you will be notified wherever you select an answer that renders you ineligible, you can continue through the form in order to fully understand all eligibility criteria.  However, please note that all questions must be passed in order for you to be eligible.

 

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Sorry. This funding is only open to registered organisations. We are afraid we are not able to accept applications from individuals or unregistered groups for this round. 

To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.                                          

 

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Sorry. We are only able to fund work in England and Wales. We are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round.

To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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Sorry. This funding is only for work focused on the theme specified above. We are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round.

We understand that there are many ways to create trauma-informed practice and there’s a lot of variation in terms of the activities being delivered to promote trauma-informed practice. Please read through the information on our website carefully to ensure that your activity fits within this focus.

 

We will only be providing grants to projects that very clearly fit within the criteria we’ve set for this round. If you’re not sure if your project meets our criteria, you can contact Mollie.Bourne@youthendowmentfund.org.uk


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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Sorry. We are only able to accept applications for funding to reduce violence. We are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round. 

The mission of the Youth Endowment Fund is to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. With this round of funding, we’re aiming to learn if and how trauma-informed practice can prevent 10 to 18-year-olds (up to 21 for looked after children or children with SEND) from becoming involved in violence. It’s critical that you believe that your project will help us to achieve this aim and that you can demonstrate this in your application.


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.     


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5. Will the activities outlined in your proposal be delivered to staff and organisations that (all must apply):


a. Work with children and young people for which at least one of the below applies:

  • Have committed an offence or are at risk of committing an offense (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

b. Work with children and young people between 10 and 18, or 10 and 21 for looked after or care experienced children and children with special educational needs and disabilities.


Sorry. This funding is only open to projects that meet these criteria. We are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round.

Ultimately, we want to reach children and young people who could benefit most from trauma-informed practice. Therefore, we focus on children and young people that are likely to have been exposed to one or more traumatic experiences and / or show behaviours that have been associated with the exposure to traumatic experiences and / or are associated with an increased risk of becoming involved in violence.  This means that you deliver your activities to professionals and organisations that work with children and young people as described above.

 

Trauma-informed practice has become an increasingly popular approach across sectors related to youth violence, including education, children’s social care services and the youth justice system. There is, however, little research on the effectiveness of this approach. That’s why we want to focus on these areas, so that professionals have a good understanding of the benefits and challenges of this approach, based on robust evidence.

 

If these criteria don't apply to your project this funding isn't right for you.


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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Sorry. This funding is only open to projects that ultimately reach the children and young people outlined here. We are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round.


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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We are particularly interested in applications from organisations working in the above sectors. If you selected ‘other’, you may still be eligible, but we would have to give this further consideration at the application stage and understand how you will make sure that the practitioners or organisations you work with will in turn work with children and young people most at risk of violence.


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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8. Every YEF funded project is independently evaluated to enable us to learn more about what does and doesn’t work to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. You’ll work with an evaluation partner throughout this project. Please read this guidance on our website and watch the video explaining our approach to evaluation.  


Sorry. Evaluation is key to this funding. We are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round. This approach is something YEF are unable to compromise on. To help us achieve our mission to find out what works, you’ll need to work closely with your evaluator. If you’re not willing to be independently evaluated, our funding isn’t right for you.

 

If you are unsure, you can have a look at the resources linked to above and come back if you decide to comply with our approach.


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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9. The Youth Endowment Fund exists to find what works to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence. We want young people to get the best possible support at the right time. This means we need to conduct the most robust types of research. That way, more young people will get the evidence-led services they deserve.

This means that we’ll run evaluations that have a ‘control group’ of professionals / teams / organisations and young people who don’t take part in an activity. In many cases, it’s necessary to allocate young people to this ‘control group’ randomly otherwise it’s impossible to know if something really works. More information about evaluation is available online.


Understanding what works in the most rigorous way possible is very important to us. In these evaluations, one group takes part in a project while the other group doesn’t. By looking at both groups before and after you’ve delivered your activities, we can clearly see what the impact of your project has been. This will allow us to conduct rigorous evaluations, which is essential to YEF's approach to evaluation. If you have questions about this you can contact Mollie.Bourne@youthendowmentfund.org.uk

Sorry, if you are unable to agree to the criteria above, we are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round.


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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10. We’re passionate about understanding what works to change things for children in the long-term. We want to avoid promoting work that looks great but doesn’t make a long-term difference. To avoid this, it’s a requirement for YEF funded projects to agree to our approach to collecting and storing data to enable long-term follow-up through our data archive. The data archive means we’ll be able to learn more about what does and doesn’t work to reduce youth violence over the long-term. You will not be able to progress with our funding unless you, your organisation(s) and where appropriate project partners, have read, understood and agreed to our data archive. Please read the information on our website, and watch the accompanying video.

 

Please confirm that you:

• Have read the supporting information and watched our video

• Have shared this information with key decision makers and / or relevant data leads in you organisation and with your proposed project partners

• Your organisation and where appropriate project partners agree to the data archive


Sorry. Understanding the long-term impact of what we do is very important to us. We are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round.


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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Outcomes are the changes you’d hope to see your project make for the children and young people your work will ultimately reach. In this question, we want to know how your work with professionals and organisations will impact the children and young people they interact with. Which outcome(s) each evaluation will focus on will depend on the individual project and the outcomes the project intends to change. Grantees know their projects best and can suggest which outcomes the evaluations might want to focus on.


To make sure we’re gathering high quality evidence, we’ll need to measure things that help us to understand whether your project is helping children and young people in the ways you’d expect. This will help us to find out if taking part in your project makes a difference to children and young people.


For each project we will agree on one or more specific outcomes. It’s possible that, through discussions with the evaluator during the co-design stage, there might be changes to the outcome(s) we intend to measure.

Sorry. This funding is only open to projects that are likely to achieve the outcomes presented above. We are afraid we are not able to accept your application for this round.


To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

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It is important for the evaluation that we can measure the impact of your work on children and young people that this funding round focuses on. Therefore, we want to fund project that work with professionals / organisations that interact with these children and young people and interact with them on a regular basis.

If you think this isn't the case then this funding isn't right for you and
we are not able to accept your application for this round. If you are unsure, you can get in touch with Mollie.Bourne@youthendowmentfund.org.uk. To see the other eligibility criteria you may continue to click through the questionnaire, however you must select the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible.   

Thank You

This is the end of the questionnaire.  Remember you must have selected the appropriate option at every stage in order to be eligible for the round. If you have queries or would like to discuss any of the criteria further please contact Mollie.Bourne@Youthendowmentfund.org.uk


The round will open September 1st 2022, and access to the application form will be made available via the website.

Many thanks for your time.