With access to schools restricted and the provision of youth services severely reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, young people at risk of youth violence have become increasingly “invisible”. They have also lost much of the help and guidance they rely on. The Youth Endowment has committed £6.4m in new grants to find the best ways to reach “increasingly invisible” vulnerable young people during COVID-19 restrictions.
The Learning Partnership is working with the YEF and the 129 grantees to generate and disseminate learning grounded in evidence. The work focuses on understanding (1) the impact of COVID-19 on young people at risk of being drawn into violent crime, and (2) the most effective approaches to reaching, engaging and serving vulnerable young people during the pandemic.
The project involves a series of learning activities on issues such as engaging young people in services, developing theories of change and building outcome evaluation capacity.
The project will generate a series of outputs, including Insight Briefs on subjects such as how to engage young people in services and exploiting a core components approach to service improvement.
- Dartington Service Design Lab Centre for Youth Impact Research in Practice
- Sarah Rybczynska-Bunt
- Tom Thompson