Dozens of young people have been caught up in violence in the past few weeks, including knife and gun crimes.
Several were wounded during the fighting, some were stabbed or cut, and one was shot.
In some cases, they were involved in traffic accidents, while others escaped.
Where Emergency Medics previously had to report incidents of violence to the police, they now have another option.
Now when young people injured in violence arrive at hospitals in Manchester, Bolton and Salford, they are called a ‘navigator’ who helps them cope and recover.
So far 68 young people have been cited – the youngest being just 11 years old.
It’s all part of the effort. Take the knife out of the streets And reduce crime through the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit.
It recognizes that violence is localized in all its forms – and much of the work is focused on helping young people.
The young ‘Navigators’ are working at Royal Bolton Hospital, Salford Royal, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
In particular, he has dealt with several school students between the ages of 13 and 20.
Navigator Sean Tomlinson says the scheme has already worked.
He says, “We have some where they are not necessarily presented that they would describe the violence as an injury but maybe something is not right and they feel that the person is someone. We need to talk to you. “
“So they have been sent to us and this has opened up all sorts of problems where they need help.”
Fellow navigator Nina Mensah says young people are more likely to trust them than those in uniform.
“When they come to A&E, a lot of different therapists talk to them, they are under pressure. That’s how you approach them,” she says.
“It’s about talking to them and being open and honest about the project.”
Children and young people are in the hospital with a full spectrum of injuries, from gunshot wounds to mental health issues.
But things are not always clear, says Dr. Rachel Jenner, an A&E consultant.
“What I’m learning from my work with the Violence Reduction Unit is that there is no direct link between the severity of the injury and the risk to the young person’s future,” she says.
“A person may suffer a minor injury but the pilots are able to talk to them and understand the circumstances that led to it, as well as the dangers and vulnerabilities of this young man.
“We hope that through this project they can intervene and prevent this young man from being involved in exploitation or crime, which could lead to more serious injuries.”
Dr. Jenner – the VRU’s clinical lead – says physicians previously had no way of accessing community support for vulnerable young people.
She says, “Turning to young workers and being able to use their skills, their communication skills, and their knowledge of local communities is opening up an opportunity that never existed before. ۔ “
She adds: “If it weren’t for the Navigator service, the way the Navigator program is providing these young people would not have been offered and supported and guided.”
This is the first time that Emergency Care Medics has had the opportunity to work with young workers.
And it makes all the difference.
Beowulf Hughes, deputy mayor of policing, says violence in Greater Manchester is “local” – and young people are often caught up in it.
Although official figures point to a decline in youth violence and knife crimes over the past year, their true picture is likely to be obscured.
“It’s still a concern because it really hurts young people,” Hughes said.
“It also means that they are engaged in activities that are really, really harmful in the era.
“That’s why most of the violence reduction unit’s focus is on young people and doing things that help services intervene as quickly as possible and prevent young people from becoming prone to violence as much as possible.”
The Navigator Scheme – led by Oasis UK – is for ten-year-olds aged 25 – although it is not a rock.
“Otherwise you’re losing a lot of young people that you really need to try who are still very weak,” the deputy mayor said.
During the epidemic year, 64 children were arrested in Greater Manchester for knife and firearms. According to the information obtained from the GMP through the Freedom of Information request, 45 of them were charged.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Navigator Sean Tomlinson says many young people have struggled in a year when access to support services was limited.
“They may have to try to find different support networks,” he says.
“In a group of brothers, this is probably not a healthy form of help, but it is where they feel safe.
“This scheme is about trying to break this rule. It’s not normal to defend yourself with a knife, it’s not normal to defend yourself with a gun, but when we hear about it, none of us Not surprisingly.
“We are now trying to break this cycle.”
Experts believe that at least some children caught up in violence may be victims of criminal exploitation (CCE) – where children are manipulated, coerced or controlled for criminal activity.
The deputy mayor says medical experts here are keeping an eye on the trend that began in the capital.
“We have received reports from colleagues in London that children attending A&E have injuries to their hands,” he said.
“So we’re alive to that possibility. We haven’t seen it in Greater Manchester yet, but we know it’s happening elsewhere.
When looking for signs of a young person’s exploitation, consider whether they are:
Traveling alone, especially during school hours, late at night or often.
Viewing in a lost or unknown environment.
Showing upset, scared, angry or other behavior that makes you upset about them.
Possession of more than one phone.
Carrying a lot of cash.
Possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Being directed or controlled by another person.
With people who are older than them
I saw him begging in a public place.
If something doesn’t feel right, there are things you can do.
Call Police 101 or 999 in an emergency. Or report. online.
Report only when it is safe to do so. Don’t try to interfere.
Text British Transport Police On 61016.
If you are on a train you can text the British Transport Police. Information on travel routes, addresses, appearance and child’s behavior can help protect teens.
Call. Crime stoppers On 0800 555 111.
If you have information about child abuse and abuse or you suspect it is happening but want to remain completely anonymous, you can. Contact the independent charity Crime Stoppers online. Or on the phone.
Call NSPCC On 0808 800 5000.
Of NSPCC Helpline. Its staff is trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support if you are concerned about a child.
Children’s Society. There is more information on what to do. Here.
Oldham also has information on child protection partnerships. Here.
And Dr. Jenner says there are signs of young people’s stories that are being repeatedly targeted.
She says: “Sometimes we see young people who appear in the hospital again and again, sometimes with increasing severity of injuries.
“If you look at young people who have had a violent attack, they have had lower-level injuries in the past.”
Navigators are completely independent of the police, social services, health services or schools.
In this way, they can more easily build relationships and help young people navigate existing systems as well as introduce them to support in their communities.
Their goal is to increase aspirations through hobbies such as dancing, boxing and football.
“Being able to walk in A&E and not being in the bushes has been really helpful,” says Schwan.
“Although we are working as a big team, we are different and we are not going as a hospital professional.
“We can hear more about what they can’t share with a nurse or doctor.”
Since young people are already in crisis when it comes to A&E, the deputy mayor wants to extend the Navigator scheme to schools, colleges and the ambulance service.
She says: “Often an ambulance attends an incident – called by the police – but either the young person will not go to the hospital or they do not need the level of treatment provided by the A&E department so they do not go to the hospital.
“By enabling a paramedic to hand over this young man to a navigator, we can meet with some young people before, perhaps before he reaches an event that has really hurt him.”