Youth Intervention Practitioner x 2
Thank you for considering a Youth Intervention Practitioner role with Redthread. We are a team of compassionate, collaborative and courageous professionals, committed to empowering young people to change their lives.
The past year has seen an increase in demand for our service and we are now looking to appoint two additional Youth Intervention Practitioners, both roles are part of our Youth Violence Intervention Programme (YVIP) in Birmingham and will work across three hospital sites – Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QE), Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Heartlands Hospital (HH). The roles are based at QE and will visit and take referrals from the other sites on a regular basis. As a Youth Intervention Practitioner based in the A&E departments you will support young people who are experiencing trauma or tragedy and their families. You’ll be part of a team that is fully embedded in the hospital and that is highly valued by clinicians and community partners alike.
To do this well you need to be a people person; passionate about supporting young people, and excited at the prospect of working in a fast-paced and exceptionally busy environment. You’ll need a proven ability to work with high risk, vulnerable young people and an understanding of the impact intense, short term work can have.
You must be a strong communicator: as comfortable building a relationship with a young person as you are liaising with our clinical colleagues. You’ll be keen to keep learning, seizing training opportunities at Redthread and continuously reflecting upon and improving your practice.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, our teams are still working from the hospitals as we are classed as essential workers. You will need to do shifts at the hospital, as well as working some days from home, depending on the needs of the team and the service.
In return, the successful candidates will receive a competitive salary, a supportive and flexible working environment, excellent staff training and development package and access to a range of employee benefits including access to enhanced employee assistance programme services, employer pension scheme contribution, enhanced annual leave and family leave entitlements and more.
For the full job pack, person specification and details on how to apply please visit our website.
Application deadline: 9 am, Monday 8th November
Please Note: If we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert before the closing date. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.
Who are Redthread?
Redthread empowers young people to thrive as they navigate the challenging transition to adulthood by integrating trauma-informed youth work into the health sector. Whether a young person has been the victim of a stabbing, is seeking support for anxiety, has suffered a sexual assault, or wants to find a new home beyond the reach of a gang, we support them to overcome the challenges they face through our dynamic youth work programmes.
Every year thousands of young people find themselves in hospital A&E departments as the victim of serious youth violence. Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme embeds youth workers in hospitals to intervene with these young people. The teams meet the young patients as soon as they can: in the A&E waiting room, on the ward, or even in the resuscitation bay. We believe that this moment of intense crisis when the young person is nursing a serious injury in the daunting environment of a busy hospital, often alone, can be a catalyst for pursuing positive change – a ‘teachable moment’.
Our teams build rapport with the young people, mentor and advise them, and support them to make long-term positive plans to break away from cycles of violence and offending. Problems include exclusion from education, employment or training, a lack of stability in housing, mental health concerns, unstable relationships, and reprimands due to criminal activity. Redthread capitalises on our partnerships to ensure long-term work and change is possible for each young person. The teams make well-judged referrals on their behalf and accompany them to initial meetings to ensure the transition is smooth. This work disrupts the cycle that can too easily lead to devastated communities and an exhausted healthcare and justice system.