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A&E Work

Our Youth Violence Intervention Programme runs in hospital emergency departments in partnership with the major trauma network. There, our innovative service aims to reduce serious youth violence, and has revolutionised the support available to young victims of violence.

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A&E Work

Our Youth Violence Intervention Programme runs in hospital emergency departments in partnership with the major trauma network. There, our 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 come through hospital doors as victims of assault and exploitation. It is then, at this time of crisis, that our youth workers utilise their unique position embedded in the emergency departments alongside clinical staff, to engage these young victims.

Our extensive experience tells us 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.

We 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.

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King’s College Hospital

King’s College Hospital

Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme was incepted over ten years ago in partnership with King’s College Hospital in Lambeth, the MTC for South East London, Kent and Medway, where the programme is now run by five full-time members of staff. King’s commitment to the community it serves, alongside their belief and enthusiasm in the core messages of Redthread’s philosophy has been central to the Programme’s success and development. Here’s to the next ten years!

St Mary’s Hospital

St Mary’s Hospital

In October 2014, St Mary’s became the second hospital to join our programme. By opening its doors to us the Major Trauma Centre, which covers the North West quadrant of London, has made it possible for us to reach out to hundreds more vulnerable young people in the Teachable Moment every year, and steered Redthread into becoming a pan-London organisation.

St George’s Hospital

St George’s Hospital

The programme was rolled out at St George’s Hospital in April 2015. Staff and patients alike have been quick to take to Redthread and the programme, and our youth workers were greeted with great enthusiasm and support from day one. Located in Tooting, St George’s is the MTC for South West London and is perfectly placed to collaborate with the team at King’s, and to make use of the variety of services our Well Centre can offer young people.

The Royal London

The Royal London

The Royal London is the MTC which covers the North East quadrant of London and, since April 2015, has hosted the Youth Violence Intervention Programme in partnership with St Giles Trust.

Future development

Future development

As well as planning to maintain our long-term embedded services in London’s four Major Trauma Centres, we are looking into sharing the model and best practise out-of-London. Serious youth violence is not a London-centric issue and the expansion of the Youth Violence Intervention Programme would mean many more young victims of violence and exploitation could benefit from the support of an innovative youth work approach. Keep your eyes peeled or get in touch!

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The Well Centre

When young people told us that accessing everyday health provisions was often complicated by practical issues and concerns regarding social stigma, Redthread listened.

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The Well Centre

When young people told us that accessing everyday health provisions was often complicated by practical issues and concerns regarding social stigma, Redthread listened. In 2011, in partnership with Dr Stephanie Lamb, the Well Centre model was born.

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The Well Centre, Streatham

The Well Centre, Streatham

This is the site of our first youth health hub. In partnership with Herne Hill Group Practice, the Well Centre provides young people, aged 13-20, with drop in access to GPs, CAMHS counsellors, and Redthread’s experienced team of specialist youth workers. Whether in crisis or wanting a chat over a hot chocolate, young people have a safe place to raise their concerns and receive helpful and appropriate support and advice. 98% of young people who have visited the Well Centre say they would recommend it to their friends.
For more information visit http://www.thewellcentre.org.

Education

Education

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is not currently a statutory part of the curriculum, and as a result, there are no concrete rules outlining what young people should and should not be taught. Redthread’s education work centres around promoting the importance of this discipline. We collaborate with others to discuss topics that are most beneficial to teenagers, and empower students by delivering workshops, assemblies, and confidential drop-in sessions.

Diabetes Transition Team

Diabetes Transition Team

Evidence suggests that young people living with type 1 diabetes often struggle with the management of their illness. Not only are they faced with the usual trials and tribulations of being young, but have a long-term serious health condition to contend with too. Our diabetes work was founded in response to this problem, as part of our Well Centre model, and our diabetes youth worker promotes health management in partnership with King’s Health Partners at Guys and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital.

Youth Panel

Youth Panel

The Redthread Youth Panel is a group of 15-20-year-olds who provide a youth-focused perspective on Redthread’s approach, and help develop our services, all whilst gaining training in health promotion and professional skills. We believe in the potential of young people to make changes for the better; in their lives and in their society. By empowering the Youth Panel with charity-wide decisions we hope to help them build a society that is healthier, happier, and more equal.

Future development

Future development

Over the last four years, the Well Centre in Streatham has seen over twelve hundred individual young people access its services. This popularity and success has made us more confident than ever that the unique Well Centre model can be replicated effectively across London. Watch this space!

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KAOS

KAOS (King’s Adolescent Outreach Service) is a new, unique project to improve the care of adolescents in hospital. The project was launched by King’s College Hospital doctors Simon Chapman and Hannah Baynes, in collaboration with Redthread and supported by the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP).

The aim of the project is to identify and support adolescents aged 16-19 years who have been admitted to adult inpatient wards at King’s College Hospital.

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KAOS

On any day, across King’s College Hospital sites, at least 12 adult beds are occupied by young people aged 16 to 19. These young people have specific medical, emotional, legal and social needs. The KAOS team will help support the medical and surgical teams on adult wards to care for young people in an age appropriate way. They will work with existing services, such as the diabetes and hepatology transitions teams, as well as supporting young people in other areas of inpatient care at the hospital.

The KAOS service started in 2018 and comprises of a core team of two lead clinicians and a youth worker. The core team will draw on the expertise of a wider team of ten clinicians from different backgrounds, all with an interest in optimising care for young people.

 

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What does KAOS support look like?

What does KAOS support look like?

Who’s behind KAOS?

Who’s behind KAOS?

The KAOS team consists of three core members; Dr Baynes, Dr Chapman and Barney Dunn, and a Redthread youth worker. The team is also supported by over 20 professionals across the King’s College Hospital site, representing a breadth of professions and specialities. Each day, the team will identify adolescent patients across the hospital, meet with these patients and work with their medical and surgical teams to ensure that their needs are being met not only physically, but also emotionally and socially.

The project is part of King’s College Hospital’s wider vision to become a young person friendly hospital by improving the suitability, accessibility, quality and safety of services for young people. The ideas behind KAOS are aligned with the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership’s vision of improving everyday health care, by improving quality and age-appropriateness of care.

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HIVE

The Hospital-based Interrupting Violence Exchange is a national network, founded and coordinated by Redthread.

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HIVE

The Hospital-based Interrupting Violence Exchange is a national network, founded and coordinated by Redthread. It is designed to help existing and emerging hospital-based violence intervention programmes share ideas and insights.

Through HIVE, we host regular teleconferences for practitioners from different projects and different parts of the UK to talk through the opportunities and challenges posed by the unique model. We also hold an annual symposium, where all those working on the model get together to discuss the latest developments.

If you would like to learn more about HIVE, please get in touch!

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