StreetDoctors Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018

StreetDoctors Strategic Plan 2015 – 2018

Here are some of the headlines from the Strategic Plan (2015 – 2018). If you’d like to read the full version you can download it here. Our 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan will be launched soon.

Our vision

A world in which every young person is free from youth violence.

Our mission

To reduce morbidity and mortality in young people from youth violence by giving them the skills and confidence to save lives.

Our ambition

A worldwide movement of trainee healthcare 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.

Internal Goals

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.

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.