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New – yes NEW! – secondary prevention fund open NOW!

We have just launched our secondary prevention workstream fund for 2023-24.

This is an exciting new fund from the VVU, with a potential pot of £380, 000 to support and provide interventions for children, young people and families who are at risk of being involved in criminality and exploitation through factors that make them more vulnerable than their peers.

This fund has two rounds; Round one will fund work taking place from January 2023, and round 2.) will fund work taking place from April 2023-March 2024.

About the fund

The Secondary Prevention Workstream focuses on those Children, Families & Young People, who are at risk of being involved in criminality and exploitation through factors that make them more vulnerable than their peers.

These factors might include but are not limited to- Adverse Childhood Experience, early trauma, peer/ sibling/ parental involvement in criminality, difficulty in engaging with education, risk of ‘falling out’ of education, poverty, disenfranchisement.

The secondary prevention ‘cohort’ includes children and young people suspected of being involved in county lines, gangs and knife crime.

Applications should demonstrate how projects have a positive impact on reducing serious violence, criminality and exploitation in areas within Southend, Essex and Thurrock.

Interventions need to target one or more of the vulnerable groups – especially those at risk of ‘falling out’ of education, and those who are frequently missing from education; those accessing A&E departments due to violence or threat of violence.

Outcomes should include increased awareness and resilience towards serious violence, criminality and exploitation with individuals taking part having the opportunity to divert away from crime and exploitation toward more positive futures.

All applications must demonstrate how their project enables children & young people to do one or more of the following: Improve engagement with education; Reduce the risk of exploitation and increase protective factors; Make positive choices that keep them safe; Raise self-esteem and confidence; Build resilience; Improve emotional and physical health and mental well-being.

And finally, applications must demonstrate how they reflect in their approach and delivery the learning from the Youth Endowment Fund Toolkit.

And now the small print!

1.) This funding round is ONLY open to for local **’not for profit’ voluntary or community groups and statutory organisations based in, and delivering in Essex, Southend and Thurrock. (Excluding schools, colleges or educational establishments – unless in conjunction with a voluntary community sector provider as above).

2.) We are looking to fund projects that meet our stated aims and can run from January OR April 2023-31st March 2024.

3.) Projects starting in January will be funded in ‘Round One’, and projects with an April start date will be funded in ‘Round Two’. Projects funded from January onwards in round one must be an established project with face-face work taking place in January.

3.) Groups can apply for more than one project if they would like to, but the total cost of all applications must be no more than £50,000

For the timeline and funding guidance visit:

For any outstanding questions take a look at our Q&A sheet available at

If you have any questions not already answered in our Q&A sheet, then please contact Jim White [email protected], or Rachel Brett [email protected]

Apply for this fund online using the link