Hospital Youth Work

The Alex's Hospital Youth Workers are Seano Older and Roman Waters

Got a problem the doctor can't fix?

Are you a young person aged 11-16? Have you recently visited the A&E department at the Royal Alex?

Do you want to talk to a youth worker about something that's going on for you?

Please use the contact form below to get in touch and find out how we can help you.
Or email: [email protected]
Call/Text/WhatsApp: 07869 378722

"I wouldn't speak to anyone about this stuff; I get a good sense for people.

It's good to share it with you."

- A Young Person we helped, aged 15

More feedback from Young People, Parents and Staff at The Alex

Get in touch with the RACH Hospital Youth Worker


Information for Professionals

At the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital Emergency Department

The values of the Hospital Youth Work Project are

  • Engagement – Our service is most effective when we can engage with young people directly and quickly.  The relaunched service will prioritise direct delivery in the RACH CED.
  • Excellence – Our referral criteria have narrowed to ensure our service is not spread too thinly, which had the potential to erode service quality.
  • Enhancing the experience of young people – We want to be part of creating an excellent experience for young people visiting the RACH CED.  We plan to be present more, delivering in the CED 12-6pm each weekday.

The service will provide a hub for interpersonal work, safety planning, signposting and referrals, service liaison and follow up calls/meetings for outstanding agreed and codesigned interventions with young people needing additional support. 

 Referral Criteria

  • Patients aged 11-17
  • Violence, victimhood, criminal exploitation, and re-attendance, e.g.:
  • Possible non-accidental / suspicious injury knife / weapon carrying
  • County Lines / Drug dealing / Risky Drug use
  • Violence / Harmed by violence
  • Suspicion of grooming / radicalization
  • Missing Episodes


With any additional capacity, Hospital Youth Workers will be working in the RACH to support young people directly with any presenting ‘social risk factors’ (substance &alcohol use, risky sexual activity/behaviours, harmful relationships, and general concerns for support). 

TDC youth workers will also be mindful of the wider needs of the young people and offer support and signposting to other young people, where appropriate.  We will provide supportive and signposting literature for clinicians and young people to help young people regulate, and access relevant support services.

Referral Partners

Open to referrals from CED, HDU & Medical clinicians within operational hours (Monday - Friday 12-6pm)

Open to RACH Safeguarding team at all times - our interventions with young people will be in-real-life if in the RACH, or by follow-up call (with 48hours) if discharged.  Young persons’ consent and contact details will have been obtained.

Open to communication with all RACH departments re: support of young people

The project is delivered by The Trust for Developing Communities and funded by Rocking Horse Charity and the Sussex Violence Reduction Partnership

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