In a speech today at Labour Conference Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP announced that if Labour wins the next general election they would introduce new ‘Young Futures Hubs’ and expand funding for youth workers in A&E units to tackle youth violence.
Welcoming this announcement, St Giles Trust CEO Tracey Burley, said:
“Putting caseworkers in A&E departments to support young people caught up in youth violence is a proven and life-saving policy.
“Every young person admitted to hospital because of serious youth violence is a tragedy. The job of our caseworkers is to support them at that critical time to make sure they don’t return to A&E again – and they’re very good at it.
“Our hospital caseworker interventions see the number of people who return to hospital with a youth-violence injury fall from around 40% to below 8%.
“We welcome this commitment from Labour to expand investment in this area if they form the next Government, and the recognition of the crucial role voluntary organisations play in tackling youth violence.”
*(Pictured: Labour Leader Keir Starmer MP and Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP visiting St Giles in April 2023)