Mentoring projects are set to benefit from a £12.5m fund

Projects supporting young people involved in exploitation, crime or serious violence by assigning them a mentor to act as a “trusted adult” can apply for a share of a new round of grants launched by the Youth Endowment (YEF).

The Home Office-backed charity will spend up to £12.5million to assess six to 10 projects through its new A Trusted Adult Funding Rounddesigned to learn more about how trusting relationships between adults can prevent young people aged 10-18 from becoming involved in violence.

The YEF is interested in funding interventions where young people have been assigned a mentor, key worker or social worker outside their home environment – ​​this could be a teacher, youth worker or sports coach. They want to test whether these relationships lead to better outcomes for young people who are already affected or involved in crime and violence.

Projects that work with children and young people involved in crime, violence and trafficking; victims of serious violence, criminal or sexual exploitation; or families with a history of harmful or challenging behaviors and repetitive cycles of abuse, trauma and neglect are encouraged to apply for funding.

The application guidelines say the charity is “particularly interested” in projects that successfully support groups “overrepresented in the youth justice system” or those who struggle to access mainstream support services, such as those of blacks, Asians and other racially minority groups. ; those with experience of care, and young women and girls.

In addition to mentoring and key worker or social worker projects, YEF wants to learn more about “violence interruption models”, where people are recruited to talk about their personal relationships, lived experience and their position in the community to settle ongoing disputes and prevent them from escalating into serious violence.

Jon Yates, Executive Director of YEF, said: “When a child or young person is at a difficult and traumatic time in their life, having an adult they trust and can turn to for advice and advice can make a big difference.

“Through our funding round, we want to better understand how these trusted adult relationships can enhance the emotions, skills and behaviors of young people. We also want to know how different supports can help young people stay away from crime and violence or prevent them from getting involved in the first place.

Applications for the YEF grant cycle are open until Friday, November 25, 2022.

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