Tavistock receives funding to address violent youth crime

10 October 2019

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, based in Camden, will share in £16 million funding as part of the newly launched Youth Endowment Fund. 

The Tavistock Centre, letterbox format

It was announced today (Thursday 10 October) that the mental health NHS Trust will receive £728,156 for a project to reduce risk factors associated with crime for Year 6 & 7 children.

The Tavistock’s project involves reducing impulsivity and disruptive behaviour in children in selected schools across Camden, Islington and Haringey. Expert clinical psychologists and specialist nurses will be embedded in schools and work with teachers to identify young people at risk of future involvement in youth crime/violence. The programme is expected to begin early in the new year.

Our team will work with families during the Year 6-7 move, to provide support through a 14-session programme spanning primary school, over the summer holidays, and again as the children enter secondary school.  The programme aims to enable young people who struggle with impulsive or disruptive behaviour to better understand and manage their own behaviours, and will provide families with strategies to support and sustain change.

In the first grant round of the Youth Endowment Fund, which was established with a £200 million endowment from the Home Office, 22 projects across England and Wales share in £16.2m to help prevent youth offending by intervening early to stop children getting dragged into crime.

The Youth Endowment Fund is dedicated to build the evidence base to determine what works and support improved outcomes for children and young people. Each project will be evaluated to build and share knowledge of the types of interventions which are most effective at preventing young people from being drawn in to crime and violence.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust focused on psychological, social and developmental approaches to understanding and treating emotional distress, disturbance and mental ill health.

Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Our Trust has a century long legacy of innovation in mental health, and we’re hopeful this new programme of work will help divert at-risk young people from involvement in youth crime and violence. This vital funding will allow our skilled clinicians to work with schools and families to help those most at risk.”

Sir Kevan Collins, Chair of the Youth Endowment Fund said:

"The safety and wellbeing of young people is our first priority. Our first round of grants is the start of a 10 year programme of work designed to build a better understanding of what works to prevent young people being drawn into crime and a violence."

Andy Ratcliffe from the Youth Endowment Fund said:

“Young people being drawn in to violent crime is an issue of huge concern for communities right across the country. The Youth Endowment Fund is a serious long-term commitment to tackling this problem. We’ll fund, support and evaluate front line interventions to start making a difference now, while building a knowledge base of what works, what doesn’t and where we need to focus our resources.”

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