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Anti-knife crime charity launches plans to expand services to reach more young people

Redthread has announced plans to reach victims of knife-crime outside of hospital settings.

The charity, which currently supports young knife crime victims through trauma informed youth workers placed in 13 A&E departments across London and the Midlands, has launched a five year strategy setting out plans to expand their work across integrated care systems, building on their experience within both primary and secondary care.

They plan to launch at least one pilot location for an integrated primary and secondary health programme which will enable young people to access tailored, trauma-informed support in whichever health setting they present.

This programme will be delivered for a three year pilot period, allowing a thorough evaluation of its outcomes and impact.

Redthread CEO, John Poynton said “The past five years have seen a tragic escalation of knife crime and youth violence. Redthread have responded to this need and have proven that our work in the hospital helps change young lives. Our job now is clear: to find new ways to help young people who are at risk sooner, and to share what we’ve learned to support others working in the sector and inform policy around youth work and youth violence”.

Read the full strategy here.