The South East London (SEL) Community Multi-System Violence Reduction (Vanguard) Programme officially went live in October 2022, and had its first formal review in March this year.
The programme aims to provide meaningful support for children, young people and families who have complex and unmet needs, and who are at risk of – or are affected by – violence. It does this by:
Currently, 93 young people across SEL have been supported by the programme across the different partner agencies since the programme launched.
The programme brings together partners from across the SEL Integrated Care System, including specialist teams from NHS child and adolescent mental health services, the local authorities in our six boroughs, and delivery partners from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. These include Juvenis in Lambeth, Youth Ink and Active Communities Network in Southwark, Charlton Athletics Community Trust in Bexley and Greenwich, and Palace for Life Foundation in Bromley.
In March, the programme had its first annual review. The programme team from NHS England praised the enthusiasm and effort that has been invested in supporting local vulnerable young people and their families, as well as the culture of open communication which has made it possible to have some honest conversations about where we can improve.
The Clinical Hub Team – hosted by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – have been working across our six boroughs. They support the learning and development of individuals working with young people, including providing clinical advice and guidance, to make sure our young people receive the best service and support. They have also been exploring some innovative ways of tackling mental health stigma and engaging with young people who would not ordinarily come into contact with mainstream services. For example, they joined a group of young people for a podcast in Southwark and explored potential projects in local schools and youth centres.
The programme training team have rolled out training for our partner agencies, and are continually working with our partners to ensure that training is accessible, culturally appropriate, and includes the voices of people with lived experience.
For more information on your local programme, and guidance on how to access the service, please email: SELVanguard@slam.nhs.uk