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In October 2019, Achieving for Children’s Virtual School, in collaboration with Barnet Virtual School (delivered by Cambridge Education) and St Mary’s University were awarded a £765,000 research grant, for two years, by the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) for a feasibility study to implement a Transition Hub for children in care aged 11 to 14.

The YEF was established in 2019 with a £200 million endowment from the Home Office. In October 2019, the YEF announced that 22 projects across England and Wales would share in £16.2m to help prevent youth offending by intervening early to stop children getting involved in crime.

The Transition Hub is one of the 22 projects. The purpose of the YEF is to build the evidence base to determine ‘what works’ with supporting improved outcomes for children and young people.

Each project will be evaluated by a team of external evaluators to build and share knowledge of the types of interventions which are most effective at preventing young people from being drawn into crime and violence.