Home Secretary opens bidding process to run Youth Endowment Fund aimed at tackling violent crime

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has launched the bidding process to choose an organisation or consortium that will run the £200 million Youth Endowment Fund. Announced in October as part of the Government’s long-term plan to tackle serious violence, the Youth Endowment Fund will provide a ten-year investment to support interventions that steer young people away from becoming involved in violent crime or re-offending.

The Fund will also build the evidence base for the most effective interventions for tackling serious violence.

Sajid Javid said: “The Youth Endowment Fund will significantly strengthen our response to serious violence and support action we are already taking, such as the Offensive Weapons Bill and the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre. I want the Fund to be up-and-running and saving lives as soon as possible, and look forward to receiving the proposals to run this substantial investment.”

Who will run the Fund?

The Youth Endowment Fund will be run by an independent organisation or body, similar to the way in which the Education Endowment Foundation is organised. It will invest £200 million and use the proceeds to fund projects designed to guide vulnerable young people away from violent crime, while also developing and sharing new knowledge of the approaches that are most successful.

The successful bidder will need to demonstrate an ability to:

*use sector knowledge and available evidence to identify the best projects to fund

*ensure robust evaluation of the projects, using this evaluation to build a body of evidence on what works in stopping children and young people from becoming involved in crime and violence

*share this evidence and Best Practice in order that it might inform policy-making, academic research and the local commissioning of services

*seek to grow the value of the Fund through attracting further contributions

*administer and manage the Fund as a long-term investment from April next year

Tackling serious violence

Home Secretary Sajid Javid

Home Secretary Sajid Javid

Prospective bidders to run the Fund will need to submit their proposals by 23 January. Full details on the application process are available on the call for proposals webpage.

The Youth Endowment Fund is one of three innovative new measures announced by the Home Secretary in October which also includes a new legal duty to underpin a ‘public health’ approach to tackling serious violence, for which a consultation is due to be launched shortly, and an independent review of drug misuse to ensure law enforcement agencies and policy teams are targeting and preventing the drug-related causes of violent crime effectively.

The Government also continues to deliver the 61 commitments outlined in the Serious Violence Strategy, including seeing the Offensive Weapons Bill (which is aimed at restricting access to dangerous weapons) through Parliament, delivering the £17 million Early Intervention Youth Fund, a new £3.6 million National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to disrupt violent drug gangs and a £1.4 million social media hub orchestrated to identify and take down online material inciting violence. The latter will open in early 2019.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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