The miracle cure? Exploring a public health approach to serious youth violence

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  • Posted:Wednesday 01 May 2019

A podcast about big ideas in health and care. We talk with experts from The King’s Fund and beyond about the NHS, social care, and all things health policy and leadership. New episodes monthly.

What’s the best way to tackle serious youth violence such as knife crime? What does a public health approach look like and does it work? Helen McKenna sits down with Karyn McCluskey, who pioneered this approach in Glasgow, and Martin Griffiths, Vascular/ Trauma Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust.

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If you or a loved one require advice, information or support relating to serious youth violence, the charities Victim Support and Childline have lots of resources on their websites and a helpline if you would like to speak to someone directly.

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Gerald Smith

Comment date
02 May 2019

If the responsibility was put on the parents again instead of persecuting them for chastising their children the troubles would not have happened. Parents are either scared to chastise their children because of the fear of prosecution or are to interested in making money and leaving their children to do what they want. This is giving them the idea that crime is the best way out of boredom.
Also split up the gangs and give them something worthwhile to do.


Comment date
04 May 2019

Wow, what a great podcast , inspirational to listen advocating for reframing of violence and link with childhood trauma and adverse events . I see lack of compassion in schools and health not connecting childhood trauma and adverse childhood events ,disengagement of youth and isolation of “troubled children”. Justice reinvesting to childhood prevention .
It was wonderful to hear from these enlightened professionals , valuing listening , compassion and advocacy . Thank you . 😊

John Kapp

Comment date
06 May 2019

Well, done. I agree with every word - listen, don't preach. Primary care isn't caring, and is pumping harmful drugs into the community (such as antidepressants and antipsychotics) like sweets at a childrens party, that can get traded on as street drugs doing more harm than good. Please support our Brighton CAmapain for Social Prescribing of Talking Therapies (CASPOTT) which is launching on Sat. see 9.140 of

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