VRU STREET AID
Designed specifically to help give young people the knowledge in how to stay safe in their communities
STREET AID has been designed specifically for employees to use with young people. It has been designed by First Response First Aid (FRFA), a respected first aid training company who cover the UK and who have worked with firms such as English Heritage, NHS and the Department of Health.
STREET AID can be delivered in a classroom environment, as an ad-hoc session when coming across a group of young people in the community or it can be targeted at a young person or group of young people who have contextual safeguarding concerns highlighted through processes such as the DCSM or CAHM.
The Kent and Medway VRU, in partnership with FRFA, have spoken to various staff in roles ranging from Police, Detached Youth Workers, Early Help and Social Care to gain the top topics of safety that young people face whilst being out in the community.
STREET AID has been designed to be used as a toolkit. It involves sessions from which employees can select the topic which applies to the needs and circumstances of an individual young person or group of young people. These sessions can be adapted for use in either one to one or group settings and be delivered indoors or in the community. The structure allows the tailoring of the material to your local context and participants.
By delivering STREET AID to young people, it empowers employees to strike up conversations with the young people. Employees can then get young people talking and thinking about consequences and how to manage conflict when being out in the community.
If you want to have some STREET AID advice or know of a group of young people who do, please contact us for more details.
how will it empower employees?
- It trains employees to give awareness of STREET AID situations that young people may experience in the community and how to deal with it.
- It gives employees the tools to deliver these specific STREET AID topics to young people.
- It provides first aid awareness to young people who can use it to help keep each other safe.
- It helps to start and engage young people in conversations around the harm caused by the topics.
what will your staff be getting in the training?
The initial training was for a total of 60 employees from Kent and Medway delivered by running five sessions of twelve people. The courses were delivered directly to the employees via face to face. This included staff from Kent Police, Youth Justice, Early Help, Social Services, commissioned sports providers and even school staff. It consisted of:
- A 2-day (back-to-back) training course. Day 1 (9am to 5pm) compromised of the subject matter. Day 2 (9am to 5pm) trained the employee on how to deliver the STREET AID sessions to the young people. This included enough time to allow the employee to teach the STREET AID topics to each other.
- All learners were issued with a first aid at work certificate, a trainer certification, First Aid at Workbook, lesson plan, video content and a PowerPoint presentation. This enables staff to deliver the STREET AID sessions to young people in the future and provide reflection and guidance to leaners on the go.
- FRFA designed and printed 1000 credit card size A4 open-out cards. These will incorporate all the course content in an easy-to-read manner, will be two-sided and are for learners to give out to young people.
- A one-sided PDF designed (not printed) with basic STREET AID guidance which can be printed by leaners to be displayed in their places of work, as well as areas such as youth hubs for young people to see.
"I just want to say a huge thank you for the street aid training. Last night a member of my team (who had done the training) was at a quiz night in a local pub. A man staggered in covered in blood. Members of the public and staff on site froze and were clearly panicking not sure how to deal with the situation. The staff member took charge of the situation, asking for the first aid kit and directed staff. She made sure police and ambulance were called all whilst administering first aid to a nasty head wound. She felt confident to manage the situation and administer first aid all because of this training" (KCC youth worker)
"I did a session for the Police Cadets at last Thursday. I utilised the Street Aid input and covered Principles of First Aid, Role of First Aider, DRSABC, CPR, AED, Recovery Position, Shock, Bandaging, Breaks, Head and Spinal Injuries. The Cadet leaders said it was probably the most engaging and interactive the group had been in ages! I will definitely be using Street Aid in the future." (Police Officer)
"I would like to be able to compliment our trainer, he was utterly incredible: delivered the content at a pace suited for all learners, with excellent anecdotal evidence that certainly cemented the knowledge nicely in our minds. Nigel has given me the confidence to use common sense as well as demonstrated skills and methods to secure a situation and hopefully save lives! It was nothing short of incredible! I feel so grateful to have been a part of it" (Catch 22 mentor)