Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme to expand to three more hospitals
January 16th, 2020
We’re searching the capital for compassionate and courageous people who are committed to helping young Londoners to lead healthy, safe and happy lives. Roles range from senior management level through to frontline youth worker jobs. Most of the of the new starters will work within Redthread’s pioneering hospital-based Youth Violence Intervention Programme when it expands to three further hospitals (Croydon University Hospital, University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich) in spring 2020.
Expanding our Youth Violence Intervention Programme:
Our Youth Violence Intervention Programme started at King’s College Hospital 14 years ago and today operates in eight hospitals across London and the Midlands. Our dedicated youth work teams collaborate with clinical staff and meet the young patients as soon as they can: in the A&E waiting room, on the ward, or even in the resuscitation bay.
An experience in hospital can be a catalyst for self-reflection and positive change – a ‘teachable moment’. After leaving the hospital, Redthread support and advise the young person and empower them to make long-term positive plans. We now support around 1500 young people each year, with 95% of the young people not returning to hospital for a violent injury in the year following the intervention. 100% of Redthread’s existing London team feel like their job makes a difference to young people’s lives every day, with 86% feeling like they help make London safer for young people.
Biggest recruitment drive in Redthread’s history:
We’re also hiring several head office roles including two senior management roles, a HR Manager to support its growing staff team and a Data Manager to track the long-term impact of its work on young people and in communities. The new hospital work is supported by The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) who have committed extensive funding to hospital-based youth work over the next two years.
This recruitment drive is the largest in Redthread’s 25-year history and, alongside another new hospital team set to launch at UCLH, will see the organisation team grow by 32% in the next few months. The charity is inviting people interested in the new youth work or team leader positions to come along to an open evening, to be held at Kings College Hospital on 27th Jan at 6.30pm– sign up here.
Potential applicants will hear from senior leadership, current frontline youth workers and have the opportunity to ask questions about the work. Details of these events and job descriptions for all the roles can be found here .
Sarah Jones, Member of Parliament for Croydon Central and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime says:
“I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work Redthread’s youth workers do, supporting young people and helping break the cycle of violence which has devastated families in Croydon. Their approach is proven to work, with more than a decade of experience in other London hospitals like Kings.
“That’s why I lobbied the Mayor of London for funding to bring Redthread to more hospitals, including Croydon University Hospital, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to make this a reality.
“There are brilliant individuals working across Croydon to support young people who would be perfect for this role, and I hope they will apply for this vital work.”
John Poyton, CEO of Redthread says:
“We’re very excited to be recruiting to bring so many new people into our team. To be a Redthread Youth Worker you’ve got to be a people person. These roles are a unique opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with some of the best emergency medics in the country, while also giving youth workers the chance to change the lives of vulnerable young people.
“Over the years we’ve hired people from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have lived experience of the issues we tackle, some have extensive professional experience across health, education or social care – some have both. One thing that everyone at Redthread has in common is that they’re dedicated to supporting young people to lead healthy safe and happy lives, so if that sounds like you then please do apply to join us.”
Dr Emer Sutherland, Emergency Medicine Consultant at Kings College Hospital says:
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“Working with Redthread empowers emergency department doctors and nurses to go that step further, to ask the difficult questions.
“We know that we have a trusted colleague they can refer on to if a young person opens up and shares the difficulties they are experiencing. In a busy department these members of the team make a big difference to our vulnerable young people.”