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.

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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 and the Emergency Department of the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

Our
funding

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.

Our
partners

We'll be working with a wide range of partners across Lothian, The West of Scotland and beyond. Please get in touch if you have a service in any of the Lothians, Edinburgh City or the Glasgow and West of Scotland area for young people that you think we should know about info@mav.scot and we'll be happy to come and have a chat.

Clinical Lead, NHS Lothian

'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

Clinical Lead NHS GGC

Dr George Oommen is a Consultant in Paediatric and Adult Emergency Medicine in the Royal Hospital for Children and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
It's an exciting time for us to start up the Youth Navigator service in Glasgow as it coincides with the hospital becoming a Major Trauma Centre.

In the news

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

United Nations: Convention on the Rights of the Child

At Youth Navigator we are committed to supporting the rights of children and young people. We uphold the principles of the UNCRC and our staff undertake training to ensure they are aware of these and that we work to them.
The UNCRC includes four general principles that are central to its purpose
Non-discrimination (article 2) Best interest of the child (article 3) Right to life survival and development (article 6) Right to be heard (article 12)