Youth offending is a complex and deep-rooted issue, the best long-term response is to reach children and young people long before they ever get drawn into crime.
The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending, testing what works so that more children can benefit from the best possible support in the years ahead and can reach their full potential.
As part of the Government's Serious Violence Strategy, the Home Office has made £200m available, over a 10 year period, to support interventions and community partnerships working with 10 - 14 year olds at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that.
Youth Endowment Fund Director
The work of the Fund will be informed by the lived experience of those effected by crime and violence, funding and evaluating promising interventions over the long term to build the foundations for scalable and sustainable long-term impact. We will also work with multi agency partnerships in areas with high levels of youth violence to develop and implement local strategies for preventing and tackling youth offending. Collating, generating and disseminating evidence of what works will be central to our mission - the Fund has joined the government's What Works network as an independent What Works Centre.
The Youth Endowment Fund starts with many assets to achieve our ambitious vision. The job of the Youth Endowment Fund Director is to seize this opportunity and use these assets to maximum effect. You will need to set the long term strategy for the Fund, establish the Fund's reputation as a respected source of evidence on early intervention to prevent offending, and work with the sector to translate the evidence into impact for children.
We are looking for a passionate and credible senior leader with experience of working on issues relating to early intervention, at risk young people or criminal justice. You will bring excellent experience of collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, building and maintaining productive relationships at the highest level with a genuine belief in partnership working to achieve high impact. A start up mentality to get the Fund moving at pace, coupled with a strong commitment to a rigorous evidence based approach and the ability to inspire and lead the YEF team and external stakeholders to deliver an ambitious strategy will be essential.
To find out more about this opportunity, including the Fund's programme of work and governance structure, please download the full Appointment Brief.
Closing Date: 21 July 2019
Prospectus Interviews: 26 July - 7 August 2019
Panel interviews with Youth Endowment Fund: W/c 2nd September 2019