The NHS London Violence Reduction Programme is launching a new specialist Social Prescribing Pathway for children and young people at risk of violence in London. Currently, two pilot projects are underway in the London boroughs of Enfield and Hackney. It’s hoped that the project will be rolled out to other London boroughs in the future.
Designed as a preventative model, the pathway will specifically support the needs of young people aged 11-25 years old who may be at risk of violence, promoting change on an individual and community level.
The traditional social prescribing approach enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to various non-clinical services to support their health and wellbeing. The specialist pathway focuses on young people and utilises the strengths of individuals who may have lived experience to connect with at risk young people and empower them to make better life choices.