Our Work

The Need

Violence is the third leading cause of death of young people in Europe. Some of these deaths happen because the people present do not know what to do; they panic and don’t call for help. StreetDoctors sessions give young people the vital skills and confidence to act when someone is bleeding or unconscious. Teaching these young people to call 999 and effectively deliver simple first aid can and does save lives.

We provide safe spaces to explore attitudes to violence, including its true medical consequences. By highlighting the death and significant injury associated with violent crime, we also help to discourage young people from carrying weapons in the first place.

    • The main type of offence for which young people are convicted is violence against another person, with 20,163 offences in 2016-2017 (28% of the total). Ministry of Justice
    • In 2017, there were 33 knife-related deaths of young people. The Guardian: Beyond the Blade
    • In 2016-2017, 15.5% of those admitted to hospital in England for assault by sharp object were 18 or younger. NHS England
    • Young people who are fearful often carry knives for protection. Safer London Foundation
    • Violence is estimated to cost the NHS £2.9 billion every year, and much like many infections it is contagious. For instance, exposure to violence, especially as a child, makes individuals more likely to be involved in violence in later life. Department of Health
    • 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. Department of Health

Our Teaching Sessions

Our network of volunteer healthcare students teach lifesaving skills to young people at risk of youth violence across the UK. We do this through two clear, simple, practical and interactive training sessions, 2-4 volunteers teach groups of 6-12 young people.

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What to do if someone is bleeding?

60-90 minutes session

StreetDoctors teach how to call an ambulance and deliver immediate first aid to someone who is bleeding before professional help arrives.

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We use visual props to explain the science behind blood loss and why it is important to call for help quickly, and apply pressure.

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Young people discuss how to call emergency services and communicate the problem clearly. The session involves practical role playing scenarios to prepare young people to use skills in an emergency.

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What to do when someone is Unconscious?

60-90 minutes session

StreetDoctors teach how to assess someone who is unconscious. We demonstrate how to liaise with the professional emergency services, how to put someone in the recovery position if they are breathing and how to deliver chest compressions if they have stopped breathing.

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We explain how the heart, blood and lungs work together and what happens if they aren’t working.

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Young people practice putting someone in the recovery position and delivering CPR with dummies so that in a real life situation they are ready to act.

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“… the only outside teaching programme we use on a regular basis. Staff…have been impressed with the ability…to engage with and encourage participation from some often problematic and difficult young people in what is a difficult subject…The…content is excellent…up to date…and extremely relevant, and reinforces the work being delivered by [Youth Offending Team] staff.”

Colin Parr, Nottingham Youth Offending Team leader

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