Youth Navigator

Youth Navigator is a service for adolescents aged 12-16 who present to hospital with a wide range of complex social issues. Our youth work service model will support them to healthier lives through a combination of hospital and community based support.


Where we work

Youth Navigator is based in the Acute Receiving Unit of the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Edinburgh and the Emergency Department of St John's Hospital Livingston. We will soon also have Youth Navigators in the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow


We receive funding for Youth Navigator from Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation, NHS Lothian, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Scottish Government Safer Communities Division.


We'll be working with a wide range of partners across Lothian and beyond. Please get in touch if you have a service in any of the Lothians or Edinburgh city for young people that you think we should know about and we'll be happy to come and have a chat.

Our Clinical Lead

'We are delighted to start Youth Navigator with Medics Against Violence in NHS Lothian. Medics against Violence are a charity with a strong track record of helping patients achieve better outcomes for themselves and their families and we are excited to partner with them to be able to offer a youth work-based community outreach service to the young people that we care for.'
Dr Alison McLuckie, Consultant Paediatrician

The Youth Navigators

Watch this space to hear more about the amazing team who will help us to develop the Youth Navigator service. Thank you to everyone who applied for these posts you were all incredible.

In the news

Youth Navigator was Youth Navigator was featured in an article in NHS Lothian News & Media.
Image by Emily Hogarth