Barnardo’s are a key partner in the newly established Violence Prevention Unit (VPU) in South Wales. As part of their work to determine the best approaches to decrease the prevalence of youth violence they have commissioned a mapping synthesis and literature review to sit alongside their co-production and co-design activities.


The aim of the review was to undertake mapping and horizon scanning in order to identify examples of good practice in violence prevention.

Activities and Methods

A systematic map and synthesis review was conducted from March-July 2020.

The following databases were searched: Embase, Medline (including Medline In-Process and Medline ePub), PsycINFO, Scopus and Social Policy and Practice.

A search for grey literature, using key terms, was conducted of the following online resources: Barnardo’s, Children’s Commissioners’ offices for the four UK nations, Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, Children’s Society, Child Welfare Information Gateway, GOV.UK, Early Intervention Foundation, National Crime Agency, NSPCC and Safeguarding Hub.

Searches were limited by year to post 2013 and to the English language.


Lead Person

Principal InvestigatorNina Maxwell
Related partnersBarnardo’s
FundersViolence Prevention Unit