Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme currently runs in the Queens Medical Centre’s emergency department in partnership with the major trauma network, with plans in place to extend to the County in 2020/21.
Their innovative service aims to reduce serious youth violence, and has revolutionised the support available to young victims of violence.
Every year thousands of young people aged 11 – 24 go through hospital doors throughout the UK as victims of assault and exploitation. It is then, at this time of crisis, that Redthread’s youth workers utilise their unique position embedded in the emergency departments alongside clinical staff, to engage these young victims.
Redthread’s extensive experience tells them that this moment of vulnerability, the ‘teachable moment’, when young people are out of their comfort zone, alienated from their peers, and often coming to terms with the effects of injury, is a time of change. In this moment many are more able than ever to question what behaviour and choices have led them to this hospital bed and, with specialist youth worker support, pursue change they haven’t felt able to before.
Redthread focus on this moment and encourage and support young people in making healthy choices and positive plans to disrupt the cruel cycle of violence that can too easily lead to re-attendance, re-injury, and devastated communities.
To learn more about Redthread see their operating model below or visit their website at: https://www.redthread.org.uk/what-we-do/