Redthread in hospital A&Es
Every year, thousands of young people will visit a hospital Accident & Emergency Department as a victim of violence or abuse. Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme (YVIP) embeds youth workers in hospitals to intervene with these young people. The teams meet the young patients up to the age of 25 as soon as they can: in the A&E waiting room, on the ward, or even in the resuscitation bay. Redthread believes that this moment of intense crisis, when the young person is nursing a serious injury in the daunting environment of a busy hospital, often alone, can be a catalyst for pursuing positive change – a ‘teachable moment’. The youth workers offer the opportunity to talk and plan what is needed to address any underlying issues and interrupt the cruel cycle of violence which many young people get caught in.
This work is currently embedded with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Heartlands Hospital emergency departments, and is being evaluated by Nottingham University.
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