StreetDoctors Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018
StreetDoctors Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018
Here are some of the headlines from our first Strategic Plan. If you’d like to read the full version you can download it here.
A world in which every young person is free from youth violence.
To reduce morbidity and mortality in young people from youth violence by giving them the skills and confidence to save lives.
A worldwide movement of medical students, medical professionals and young people committed to eradicating youth violence.
Our Strategic Goals 2015 – 2018
To reduce the numbers of young people who die or are injured as a result of youth violence.
To reduce the likelihood of young people at risk engaging in youth violence.
To increase the likelihood of young people at risk making positive choices that benefit their own and others’ well-being.
An evidence led, impactful, volunteer and youth led movement.
A lean and sustainable organisation.
The Current Context
Youth violence is the third leading cause of mortality for young people. Some of these deaths happen because the young people present panic, don’t act and don’t call for help.
Young men aged 16-24 are four times more likely than the general population to fall victim to violence.
Violence is estimated to cost the NHS £2.9 billion every year, with the long terms costs of violence to society estimated at £29.9 billion per year.
Much like many infections, violence is contagious. For instance, exposure to violence, especially as a child, makes individuals more likely to be involved in violence in later life.
Violence shows one of the strongest inequality gradients, with emergency hospital admission rates for violence being around five times higher in the most deprived communities than in the most affluent.
For StreetDoctors this indicates
That violence continues to be a significant issue for young people.
Targeted work with young people who are at most risk of being both perpetrators and victims of violence, may be most effective in reducing violence overall.
There is a longer term public health benefit to early and prompt intervention in order that violence does not become habitual and embedded behaviour for young people.
Our Impact so Far
By the end of 2015 we had reached 5500 young people since we began in 2008; 1000 of these in 2014, and 2000 in 2015.
We have several stories of the impact of our teaching, with eight known cases of young people acting to offer first aid in emergency situations. Five of these cases involved young people helping others or themselves after a stabbing. One young person used CPR on his uncle until an ambulance arrived, saving his life; another helped his friend in a serious road traffic accident, putting the victim into the recovery position and calling an ambulance; and in the final example a young person assisted someone who was unconscious.
In 2014 and 2015 we worked with independent evaluation consultants Red Quadrant to improve our evaluation processes and methodology. We have developed a clear theory of change for the impact of our work with young people, and Red Quadrant consultants are working alongside our volunteers to support them to collect evidence against key indicators of change.
How we will grow the scale and impact of our work, and develop our sustainability
We intend to sharpen our focus on improving the quality of our delivery, evaluating our impact and telling the StreetDoctors story more widely.
We want to develop new pathways for the young people we deliver to, supporting them to co-deliver sessions alongside our volunteers and ultimately encouraging them into employment, education and training opportunities within the health sector.
We will strengthen the engagement and progression routes for our existing volunteers and reach out to former volunteers through the creation of the StreetDoctors Alumni network.
We will continue to build for future sustainability, diversifying and growing our income streams, and making sure we have a strong support team in place.
Feedback from our sessions
‘People have never been enthusiastic about learning first aid before, but whatever it is that you’re doing is working. Young people are buzzing when they come out of the sessions.’ Deputy Head of Birmingham Youth Service
‘Letting someone die by not helping isn’t worth it over some rivalry.’ One young person talking to another during a session in Liverpool
‘We asked what they’d do if they saw someone bleeding. One girl said that it depended who it was – if it was a stranger she’d call an ambulance and leave but if it was someone she knew she’d call an ambulance and apply pressure. By the end of the session she said wouldn’t want someone’s death on her conscience and she’d help anyone…’ Volunteer reflection after a session in Birmingham