42nd Streets response to the High Intensity Network/SIM model
Author: Simone Spray and TC42 Group
42nd Street recognises and appreciates the demand on emergency services, especially this past year. However, our number one priority is the wellbeing of young people. We want to ensure that young people in crisis are able to access the support that they need, including lifesaving treatment from the NHS without being intimidated or criminalised. We believe they instead need compassion and care from services that offer a sense of safety. We would ask that any proposed service model be thoroughly evaluated by a selection of organisations and involving those with lived experienced before implementation to ensure that it still meets this fundamental need.