Every year, thousands of young people find themselves in emergency departments as victims of serious youth violence. Redthread is a charity that supports vulnerable young people. Their Youth Violence Intervention Programme runs in hospital emergency departments in London, in partnership with the major trauma network. The innovative service has revolutionised the support available to young victims of violence.  

The approach is based on the idea of the ‘teachable moment’; that the moment of intense crisis, when the young person is nursing a serious injury in the daunting environment of a busy hospital, can be a catalyst for pursuing positive change.

Youth violence is a national problem, and Nottingham and Birmingham have been identified as areas that could particularly benefit from the programme. 

Between 2012 and 2016, there were more than 10,000 assault-related injuries presenting at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, with 463 of these in people aged under 25. In Birmingham, 335 victims of assault under the age of 25 presented at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital between October 2015 and September 2016.

This project is implementing the Youth Violence Intervention Programme in Nottingham and Birmingham. 

Youth workers have been embedded in the hospitals to intervene with young people affected by violence, by delivering the intervention alongside existing clinical teams. 

Relationships between key personnel at the Birmingham and Nottingham sites have flourished, with the clinical champions being the key enablers when there have been barriers to overcome. 

Work will now continue to further embed the services at both sites and monitor its impact.

Five things you should know about Redthread

1.    Youth violence is a growing national problem. Every year, thousands of young people find themselves in emergency departments as victims of serious violence and exploitation. 

2.    Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme, places specialist youth workers in hospital emergency departments in London, Nottingham and Birmingham, who work alongside hospital staff to engage and support young victims of violence and exploitation, aged 11 to 24, and help break the cycle of violence.

3.    The approach is based on the idea of the ‘teachable moment’ – the notion that a moment of intense crisis, when a young person is nursing a serious injury in the daunting environment of a busy hospital, can be a catalyst for positive change.  

4.    As part of the Scaling Up Improvement programme, the Health Foundation supported Redthread to implement the Youth Violence Intervention Programme at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham and Heartlands and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals, Birmingham, where rates of youth violence are particularly high. Over 750 young people have been supported by Redthread across the three hospitals since launch in 2018. 

5.    More than 50 clinical champions have been engaged to support the programmes, and over 500 community practitioners and hospital staff, across multiple hospitals, have received training in supporting young victims of violence and exploitation. 
 

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