The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending.
Over the last few years, evidence suggests that growing numbers of children and young people have been affected by violent crime. More children have been found carrying knives and a growing number have been recorded as victims. We believe that each individual child is an important member of our community and society has a duty to protect them.
The Youth Endowment Fund is a charity with a £200m endowment and a mission that matters. Founded by youth charity Impetus and its partners the Early Intervention Foundation and the Social Investment Business, we exist to prevent children and young people from getting caught up in violent crime.
To succeed we must do two things. The first task is: ‘Find what works’. This isn’t your job. We have a team of expert grant makers and researchers funding and evaluating programmes to find out what works. We need you to lead the second task is: ‘Grow what works using every possible lever’. Once we work out what works we need you to make sure great things grow. This means building coalitions who will want great things to grow, changing practice in organisations and agencies that work with vulnerable children, helping great charities to grow through providing support and advice, pushing for changes in regulations, funding rules and guidance, building and maintaining relationships, ensuring the use of money to invest to support great projects. Overseeing all of this is your job.
To put it another way, your job is to make sure that we make a real difference. Sometimes we will find an amazing charity delivering a great programme and your job will be to ensure it is supported to grow. Sometimes we will find a great practice that would make a huge difference if the main agencies responsible for vulnerable children took it on board – your job will be to build the coalitions and communications to make that happen. Without you, we work out what works but nothing changes and we don’t succeed. With you in place, we believe we can make a lasting difference.
For full details of responsibilties and skills and experience required please visit our website.
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