Partnership work with hospitals

Sadly, many young people who are in need of SOS’s support end up in hospital. However, by offering them help at a time when they are most in need we can help prevent them being discharged to the same situation which put them in hospital in the first place.

WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ROYAL LONDON HOSPITAL AND BARTS NHS HEALTH TRUST

Our caseworkers embedded in the Major Trauma Centre of Royal London Hospital offer support to young people who are admitted as a result of serious youth violence.

This very busy team work in close partnership with clinical staff at Barts NHS Health Trust to provide this service. When young people are referred to us by their staff, we assess their needs then support them whilst they are still in hospital, on discharge and offer follow up services in the community to help them stay safe and reduce the likelihood of future admissions.

Usually, this involves helping the young person find a safe place to stay as returning to their home area can often have risks of reprisals. Once the young person’s situation is stabilised, we will help them engage with services offering support around education, skills and training.

This area of our work supports young people who are often in highly vulnerable,life-threatened situations. Our friendly, credible caseworkers can help build bridges with them and gain their trust. Their patient,persistent support helps the young person get their life back on track.

PARTNERSHIP WORK WITH HOSPITALS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

Supported by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, we are working in University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, to support young patients admitted to the hospital as victims of serious violence. Peer caseworkers with lived experience of the issues facing the young people will work alongside the hospital;s clinical team to offer tailored support to help address underlying issues which are driving their involvement in violence or exploitation. The project will work with people under the age of 25. Launched in May 2018, the work is being commissioned for a 12 month period by the Police and Crime Commissioner with the possibility of extension if it proves successful.