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We’re here 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.


Youth Endowment Fund Toolkit

We’ve developed the YEF Toolkit as a free online resource to help you put evidence of what works to prevent serious violence into action.

Find out what works for your area of work, and how we can collaboratively help make a positive change to the lives of young people at risk of violence.

Our latest research reports

Find out what works through evaluation and guidance reports

Our Focus Areas

We’re focusing our work on areas where we see the biggest opportunities to improve support for children and young people at risk of becoming involved in violent crime.

Funded projects

We fund work in England and Wales that aims to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence – especially those aged between 10 and 14-years old.

Every programme and activity we fund, we’ll evaluate. We do this because we want to learn what works, for whom and why.

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Funding good work

We fund work in England and Wales that aims to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence.

Finding what works

We evaluate every programme and activity that we fund. Our aim is to find out what works, for whom and why.

Working for change

To make a lasting difference we’ll build a movement of people and organisations passionate about making sure that young people get the very best support possible.

Members of the Youth Advisory Board

Youth Advisory Board

We’re giving young people a stake in our decision making and a voice on the issues that matter to them.

We can only achieve by putting young people at the heart of our work. That’s why we’ve set-up a Youth Advisory Board.

Latest from YEF

What’s new at YEF

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  • Report

    Report:Children, violence and vulnerability 2023

    This is the YEF’s second annual Children, Violence and Vulnerability report (see the 2022 version). It includes: Survey responses from over 7,500 teenage children aged 13-17 in England and Wales about their experiences in the past 12-months. This builds on last year’s survey of 2,000 children. We’ve used the same online panel provider (Walr) that…
  • Blog

    Blog:Place-based approaches to tackling local youth violence

    The study was commissioned to synthesise learning about the design, implementation and effectiveness of place-based approaches.


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