PCC funds youth workers in Coventry and Wolverhampton A&E units
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is to put youth
workers in Coventry and Wolverhampton Accident and Emergency
departments in a bid to tackle violent crime.
David Jamieson says the new team will work alongside clinical
staff to identify those who might be caught up in a cycle of
The initiative will offer tailored support for people aged 25 and
under. Medical staff will alert the youth workers to victims of
serious youth violence, sexual violence or abuse who are admitted
The PCC has already placed youth workers in Birmingham's Queen
Elizabeth hospital and Heartlands via the charity Redthread. The
time though, the new youth workers have been recruited by the St
Giles Trust. The organisation was commissioned to carry out the
work for an initial 12 month period by the PCC backed Violence
Prevention Alliance. If the scheme is deemed to be successful
then funding could be extended.
Knife crime in the region has risen 85% since 2012, with the
Commissioner describing the surge in violent crime as a 'national
The St Giles Trust will support young people to help keep them
away from violence or exploitation, either as a victim or a
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
said: "The introduction of additional youth workers in our region's
hospitals will prove invaluable in the fight against violent
"Experts describe the moment when a person has been seriously
injured and is lying in a hospital bed as a 'teachable moment' and
a time when that person is more likely to be open to help and
"Placing youth workers in accident and emergency units is just one
of the many ways I am working to reduce the number of deaths from
violent crime and breaking the cycle of re-offending."
Youth Workers are now stationed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
and Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, New Cross Hospital in
Wolverhampton and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in
Steve Clarke, a spokesperson for the St Giles Trust, said: "It is
well documented that violence amongst young people is a serious
issue and an issue we need to tackle.
"Our service in A&E departments will give us an opportunity to
engage with those individuals in their hour of need and our youth
workers will be on hand to offer tailored support to lead them away
from the violence that caused them to end up in hospital."
Redthread and the St Giles Trust are working in collaboration with
the West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance which consists of
West Midlands Police, Public Health England, West Midlands Office
of the Police and Crime Commissioner, NHS, Education
representatives and local authorities.
This group of organisations is committed to working together to