Let me tell you a #knifecrime story I dealt with last week as a GP in #Croydon which has a lot of knife crime and loads of chicken shops.
Social services @yourcroydon rang me to ask whether I had any background information on a teenage patient of mine who absconded from A&E after having a stab wound sutured. Didn’t explain how it happened and left before the police and social workers came #KnifeFree
Yes I did!
Parents had been worried about him for several years due to disruption and behaviour problems at school.
Under resourced school didn’t have the capacity to give him pastoral care and asked parents to see GP to get a referral to adolescent mental health services.
Parents and child saw us and explained school was worried he had ADHD or similar and asked if we could refer to mental health services(which school can do directly but often ask GPs to do it thinking they will get seen quicker)
We sent the referral to #CAMHS #KnifeFree
Under resourced child and adolescent mental health services(CAMHS)were unable to take the referral as they are overwhelmed with serious mental illness patients and asked for child to be directed to youth counselling and pastoral care at school #KnifeFree
Parents now dealing with child who was becoming more difficult to engage and being excluded from school because of his behaviour.
After 2 years of worsening behaviour and increased time excluded from school parents returned asking if they could see someone privately #KnifeFree
Signposted parents to a number of private counsellors/psychologists but no proper engagement and no further visits to the surgery until the A&E letter comes to us demonstrating he has become a victim of #knifecrime
So would #KnifeFree stories in his local Morley’s/Chicken Cottage have prevented his journey?Or more police on the streets and stop and search as advocated by @patel4witham
Or would proper funding of public services like schools, youth,GP and mental health services helped more?
#austerity and the cuts to public services is the real #knifecrime we need to tackle if we want to prevent more journeys like my patients.
Chicken shop messaging is a cheap political stunt pandering to public fears and prejudice.
A serious approach is to use #publichealth approaches to #knifecrime #violencereduction and consult with @SadiqKhan and the pioneers of this in Glasgow.
Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh.

Enjoying this thread?

Keep Current with Adnan R.Siddiqui

Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!


This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!