Supporting young victims of violence
MOPAC has contributed funding towards Redthread and St Giles Trust’s delivery of specialist support to young victims of violence in London’s Major Trauma Centres – Kings, St Marys, St Georges and Royal London since 2015. MOPAC also commissions Solace Women’s Aid to provide a youth Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) in each Major Trauma centre to identify and work with young victims of domestic abuse.
Building on the commitment in the “Keeping Children and Young People Safe” strand of the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2021, we want to intervene earlier so will be funding some existing, and commissioning some new services, in the capital’s priority A&Es. Mayor’s Young Londoners Funding is supporting these A&E services.
Since October 2018 MOPAC has funded Oasis to provide specialist support to young victims of violence in North Middlesex and St Thomas’ hospitals.
MOPAC has identified a further five priority A&Es without youth work services which have high numbers of young people presenting as victims of violent crime and which are in boroughs that have high levels of knife crime. These priority A&Es are:
• Queen Elizabeth (located in Woolwich)
• Whittington (located in Islington)
MOPAC is commissioning an A&E based service, to work alongside Emergency department teams, to identify vulnerable young people (aged 12 to 25 years) and help them to access and engage the support they need – delivering interventions directly where necessary – to prevent any escalation of violence and reduce the risk of repeat victimization and exploitation.
More information about the commissioning process to identify a provider for the five new sites is available on our bidding opportunities page.