What we do

Leap works directly with young people struggling with conflict and trains the adult professionals working with them.

We research the issues facing young people today and use our insights to influence policy and practice.

  • Support for young people

    Helping young people transform their lives
  • Training for adults who work with young people

    Building confidence and skills of professionals
  • Major projects & policy

    Understanding issues facing young people and society

Why it works

Our approach

Underpinned by our belief in young people’s ability to use the tools we give them to shift their thinking and behaviour, and transform their lives.

Our curriculum

Created through action research and honed through almost 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, youth offending services, schools and prisons .

Our trainers

We have outstanding trainers with immense experience in this field. Around a third of them have worked with us for over 10 years.

Our participants

Bring courage and a willingness to open up about their experiences and take risks that allow them to work on their own relationship with conflict.

Why we exist

Conflict is something we all experience in our lives but badly managed youth conflict can have a devastating and wide reaching impact on society.

When handled well, conflict can help us grow and develop. But for some, badly-managed conflict undermines identity, self-esteem and aspirations, and leads to antisocial or violent behaviour.

But we know that no one’s life and future are set in stone and that everyone has the capacity to change. We want every young person to know that too. That’s why we support young people to turn their lives around.

Leap believes in the potential of every young person, no matter their history.

We give them the encouragement - and the push - to recognise their worth and ability to take control of their own life.  We help young people to draw on their own skills and resources, and see the benefits of making different decisions, leading to better outcomes: for them and those around them.

Our impact

By taking part in our training, young people gain the skills and personal resources to understand, manage and resolve conflict. This positively affects many areas of their lives including their relationships and decision-making abilities. They adopt new ways of thinking and behaving, are better placed to support peers in dealing with conflict and become leaders in their communities.

We have the greatest impact when our programmes reach not only young people but also those who work with them. By learning more about their own relationship with conflict, adult professionals become better equipped to respond to young people’s needs. They gain tools and techniques for direct use in their work and build confidence in helping young people deal with challenging emotions.

By successfully helping young people manage destructive conflict our communities become less violent and safer for us all. 

Louis' story

I always wondered why out of nearly 600 kids I seemed to be the only one that got bullied. Then one day I punched back. I felt instant relief. Nearly 7 years of bullying stopped from one violent action.

Some of our numbers


In 2015, we delivered our programmes to over 1,000 young people and over 500 practitioners


of those who were involved in street violence before a Leap course had not been involved since


of those who had been arrested in the past year had not been arrested since completion of a Leap course


of young people agreed that, concerning education and employment, Leap had made a big difference to where they are one year later