Teaching Gang Members First Aid

The Guardian reports on a fascinating new program in Liverpool that teaches young gang members how to administer first aid to injured friends:

Teaching young, violent criminals the first aid techniques that could save the lives of fellow gang members might seem a dangerous move but a new project doing exactly that is gaining the attention of youth offending teams across the country.

The brainchild of a group of medical students at Liverpool University, the course specialises in teaching teenagers already involved in knife and gun crime the skills to give pre-hospital care immediately after a penetrating injury.

The two-week Basics course is now a core part of Liverpool’s Young Offenders Team’s restorative justice programme. Youth offending experts in Nottinghamshire and medics in London have also expressed interest.

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