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Hospital youth work scheme set for London-wide expansion

An award-winning service that places specialist youth workers in hospital emergency departments in an effort to tackle gang violence is to be expanded across London. The initiative, set up a decade ago by south London youth charity Redthread at King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill, will now be extended to all four major trauma centres in London following a £600,000 grant awarded by the Mayor of London's office.

The investment will enable Redthread to establish youth work services at St George's Hospital in south west London and the Royal London Hospital in east London, and extend existing schemes at King's and St Mary’s in London, which was set up last year. 

Through the expansion, King’s will now have the resources to work with victims of violence aged 20 to 25, enabling them to reach 600 more people each year.

The specialist youth workers support young victims of crime and help those involved in gang violence to leave that way of life behind.