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Youth Work Helps to Tackle Knife Crime

Since going live in March 2018, youth charity Redthread has supported 198 young people in Nottinghamshire as part of its Youth Violence Intervention Programme (YVIP).

The project, which has received £35,000 from Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s Crime and Drugs Partnership budget, places youth workers in the A & E department of the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to intervene in situations where young people aged 11 to 25 have become the victim of serious youth violence including stabbings, gun crime, sexual assault and domestic violence.

These specialist teams meet the young patients as soon as possible – in the A & E waiting room, on the ward, or even in the resuscitation bay. Redthread believes it is in these crucial moments following an intense crisis when the young victim is nursing a serious injury in hospital that there is the highest chance of catalytic change, self-reflection or a “teachable moment”.  The long-term aim is to provide young people with the support they need to keep them away from youth violence or exploitation, either as a victim or perpetrator.

Among the 198 young people who have received support since the project launched in Nottingham, 110 have consented to working with the charity on a longer term basis and 88 of these young people received signposting to suitable services and, where relevant, emergency safety planning for when they left hospital.

Imran Mahomed, Redthread’s Senior Programme Manager in the Midlands, said: “It’s coming up to the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Redthread programme in Queen’s Medical Centre. During the last year we have supported hundreds of young people who have found themselves caught up in violence.

“We are proud of the work we have been able to do alongside our amazing colleagues within the Hospital, partner agencies and wider community, but know we have lots of work to do to ensure all young people are healthy, safe and happy in their communities.”

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Knife crime poses a serious risk to young people and if we are to tackle is effectively we need to break down the false attitudes and ideas that convince some that violence is acceptable.

“People are, understandably, concerned about knife crime and Redthread is an important part of our work to help combat it.”

The project, which launched at King’s College Hospital in London 13 years ago and now operates in seven hospitals across London, Nottingham and Birmingham, builds rapport with the young people and provides mentorship and advice to help young people make long-term positive plans to break away from cycles of violence.

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Posted on Tuesday 12th March 2019
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