Further to the event in the summer (see earlier blog posts), I followed this up with a workshop at the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) and RCPCH Young People’s Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG) conference on ‘addressing young people’s health inequalities’ in London on 18th October.
My co-presenters were:
- Dawn Rees from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner talking about the challenges and opportunities facing clinicians, commissioners, mangers, policy makers and the government in embedding children and young people’s participation in health services, with particular reference to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and current policy and practice in England.
- Bekki Redshaw from Healthwatch Torbay talking about the exciting work they’re doing to engage young people effectively within the new health system in England
- Damian Wood (YPHSIG Convenor, 2009-2012), Bharti Mephani and young people from the RCPCH youth advisory panel giving examples of some of the ways in which they’ve influenced child health policy and practice. I hope to include some thoughts from the young people and the video they showed at a later date, so watch this post for updates if you’re interested.
The presentation from the workshop is below:
In line with the aim of this being an ongoing conversation I then outlined the draft findings from the July workshop (see previous post). Participants then had an opportunity to reflect on their own experience and consider what it might mean for them to embed children and young people’s participation in their service or organisation. Unfortunately we were running short on time, but people were directed to this blog and the #cyphsc Twitter to tag to continue the conversation.
Learning from this workshop will also inform the work of the RCPCH, YPHSIG and OCC to advocate for improved healthcare for children and young people, as well as the next stages of this research. Watch this space for more as the conversation continues…