A new £20 million fund has been launched to evaluate different diversion approaches that work best at preventing 10 to 17-year-olds in England and Wales from becoming involved in violence.
The funding is being made available through the Youth Endowment Fund’s – Another chance – Diversion from the criminal justice system – themed funding round. Diversion approaches could include mental health support, whole family interventions or mentoring (for example).
The Youth Endowment Fund is aiming to identify around 10-20 programmes that are ready for robust impact evaluation or could be supported to reach this point within two years.
The funding is available to any organisation – including charities, public services or the private sector – that receive referrals from a relevant statutory service (for example, the police, schools, local youth offending team or social care).
The fund will be open for applications between the 19th April and 14th May 2021.