The Children and Young People’s Health Outcome Forum report made it clear that children, young people and their families should be included in any decisions about delivery and development of the care they receive. This was recognised by the PiP Board and at the 2013 Annual Conference.
Following the Annual Conference, this event was held on 28th March 2014
The aims of the event were to:
This was an immensely successful day, mainly due to the involvement of the young people – eight ‘Health Champions’ from Shropshire and three students from the Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA) in Stoke on Trent.There were several presentations:
Kath Evans (Head of Patient Experience for Maternity, Neonates and Children and Young People) reminded participants that the ‘rights’ of children and young people are enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – which the UK signed up to in 1991.Her presentation demonstrated that there is a lot of good practice taking place in many areas. However, she challenged delegates to question their practice and ensure that we all challenge the culture of our respective organisations, particularly in ensuring that the voice of C&YP are heard at Board level.
Professor Rod Thomson (Director of Public Health, Shropshire) and Ann Hartley (Lead Member for Children’s Services, Shropshire Council), stressed the importance of ensuring that an organisation’s leadership is fully engaged in this work. School Councils and members of the Youth Parliament are representative and democratic and therefore good vehicles for involving young people.
The Health Champions from Shropshire had developed a quiz –‘Are you smarter than a 10 year old?’ (based on the TV programme of the same name). The questions were based on the young people’s different experiences of using our health services. This was highly interactive and involved a lot of audience participation! It also left much room for thought.The young people had also developed a number of Top Tips to be taken into consideration when working with them:
Although a lot of good practice is currently taking place, it is clear that further work could be done. During the course of the day, several delegates said that they had been inspired and motivated to do more, but some people commented that they would now change how they take things forward. One delegate said: “I feel really inspired and it reminds me of the reasons we all work with children & young people in the first place.”