Working with carers

Working with young people, parents and carers

A NHS England bite-size guide to setting up a youth forum

A close up of a young women on the front of a guide to setting up a youth forumThe NHS Youth Forum’s top tips to involve young people in healthcare planning

The NHS Youth Forum’s top tips to involve young people in Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)

Participation Works’ guides to involving children and young people

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s guidance document ‘Not just a phase’ outlines good practice for involving children and young people.

How to Guide: How to develop NHS Youth Forums is designed to help commissioners and providers think through and develop youth forums to support person-centred commissioning of children and young people in health and care services. It is authored by the University of East London and features examples from across London.

A NHS Employer’s guide to involving children and young people in the recruitment process.

‘You’re welcome’ quality criteria for young people friendly services from the Department of Health.

The Parents Say toolkit, produced by YoungMinds and NHS England’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme, helps service providers implement family participation in all aspects of their work. It includes a series of videos, case studies and downloadable guides for commissioners.

Volunteering Matters’ Youth Social Action in Health and Social Care toolkit helps health and social care develop volunteer roles for young people.

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland has put together Seven Golden Rules for Participation – a set of principles for anyone working with Children and Young People.

Ready to listen: involving young children and their families in local decisions about health and wellbeing is a resource from the National Children’s Bureau to support discussion with children age 0-7 and their parents.

The ‘& Us’ Network and the Royal College of Child Health and Paediatrics (RCPCH) have developed Recipes for Engagement. It includes quick activities  to capture children and young people’s view about health and care.

Contact a Family has a toolkit for parent and carers forums – Engaging with local health partners

Carer support and involvement in secure mental health services

This toolkit aims to provide clear information for carers, service users, service providers and commissioners about how carers of people who use secure mental health services should be engaged with, supported, involved and empowered.