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The Greater Manchester Navigator Project is a youth-focused, violence reduction project based in four Greater Manchester hospitals.

The four hospitals involved; Royal Bolton Hospital, Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, treat a high volume of violence related trauma in young people.

The team are based in the hospitals, working with young people age 10-25, helping them to cope and recover from their experience, and assisting with access to local support networks to prevent the potential of further violence.

It is vital to Navigators build trust with young people, who may not otherwise engage with other services. The Navigator project is completely independent and confidential, young people are entitled to receive support regardless of whether they report an incident to the police or not.

Although the Navigators are based in four hospitals, they will support any young person who is referred to them if live in Greater Manchester and are vulnerable to violence. If any young person attends the hospitals and lives outside Greater Manchester, the Navigators will ensure they are referred to local support in their hometown.

The Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has commissioned Oasis UK to deliver the service. Oasis have a wealth of experience in delivering violence reduction programmes in other hospital settings and across their educational academies.

In the two months since launch, the team of Navigators have received nearly 70 referrals from across Greater Manchester.

Thanks to this early success, the team are now also working closely with Northwest Ambulance Service, accepting referrals from paramedics attending incidents of violence. In the future, the team would like to be able to provide preventative support in schools and colleges.

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