The Vanguard programme aims to work effectively with communities to co-produce better outcomes for young people at risk of being involved in violence. The model of care provides therapeutic services whilst addressing local inequalities and marginalisation to improve the lives of young people with complex needs.
Social prescribing is a way of connecting those most affected, or at risk of violence within their communities, with local support. The pathway is designed to support clinical and non-clinical staff in identifying vulnerable individuals and getting them the right kind of support within the community.
Hospitals play a key role in addressing the drivers of violence and contributing towards violence prevention. The NHS London Violence Reduction Programme was set up in 2019 to support clinical teams in developing locally sensitive approaches to tackling the root causes of violence, inequality and exclusion.
Violence against young people can lead to serious injury and lost lives, but also impacts on the wellbeing of individuals and the wider community. We know that young people affected by serious youth violence attend a variety of healthcare settings, including A&E departments, with lesser injuries before sustaining a life-threatening injury, thus creating the opportunity for prevention.