Launched in May 2021, the Greater Manchester Navigator Project works with young people aged 10-25 to help them cope with and recover from their experiences of violence, and helps with access to local support networks to explore the potential of others Prevent violence.
Originally launched in four hospitals in the Greater Manchester area (Royal Bolton Hospital, Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital), the Navigator team has received over 125 referrals in the five months since its inception (May-September).
Due to the success of the project, the scope has been expanded to include recommendations from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and recommendations from the community.
In some cases, NWAS can interact with a young person who does not need or want hospital treatment but may need assistance. By extending the placement process, this young person can continue to be referred to the team of navigators if necessary.
Similarly, young people can also be referred to the ministry by their local ward, this can be done through a ward group or ministry, youth worker, teacher, or friend. Young people can also ask themselves for support.
The Navigator project was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit and is completely independent and confidential. Young people are entitled to assistance whether or not they report an incident to the police. No personal data will be passed on to the police unless a young person agrees.
Greater Manchester Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes said: “The Greater Manchester Navigator project has supported over 125 young people in Greater Manchester. Our team of navigators has tremendous expertise in supporting and caring for young people who have been victims of violence and improving outcomes for them.
“The Navigator project is another example of how we are committed to reducing violence across the city.
“Expanding references to NWAS, communities, and individuals through this early support will help transform the lives of even more young people.”