Redthread Youth Limited

Scaling up support for young victims of violence

Every year thousands of young people find themselves in emergency departments as victims of serious violence. Redthread is a charity that supports vulnerable young people and it runs a Youth Violence Intervention Programme in hospital emergency departments in London. The innovative service has revolutionised the support available to young victims.

RUBIS.Qi is working with the charity and The Health Foundation to scale up this programme to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, and the Queen Elizabeth and Heartlands hospitals in Birmingham. Youth workers will be embedded in the hospitals alongside clinical staff to engage and support young people affected by violence.

While clinicians are able to deliver critical medical care to young people, due to increasing pressures on time and resources, they are often unable to find out more about what has brought that young person to hospital.

Redthread’s approach is based on the idea of the ‘teachable moment’; that at the moment of intense crisis, when a young person is nursing an injury in the daunting environment of a busy hospital, this can be a catalyst for pursuing positive change.  It’s a time when young people are more likely to question what behaviour and choices have led them to hospital and, with specialist youth worker support, pursue change they haven’t felt able to before. Redthread’s youth workers focus on this moment 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.

The evaluation of this project is being supported by the University of Nottingham in partnership with the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre.

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Project lead: Hannah Robertson, business development manager at Redthread Youth Limited 

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RUBIS.Qi improvement coach: Anna Burhouse

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