Working with children and young people

Find out about our work with children, young people and families and how you can increase patient engagement and voice in your work.
This how to guide has been created to support your thinking around engagement and capturing the voice of children, young people and families to help shape health policy and practice.
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The resources in these booklets will take you through engagement using tried and tested activities from our “Engagement Café” series.
Download our resources, or contact us on to receive copies of our poster and flyers for your hospital, clinic, school or youth group and join RCPCH &Us to make your voice heard.

Information for healthcare settings

Want to know more about engagement, participation or involving patients in service design or evaluation? Working in partnership with the Young People’s Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG), these resources support the Not Just A Phase (2010) guide.

Engagement 101 with RCPCH & Us

This resource provides you with the key pieces of legislation that support active involvement of children and young people in health decisions and service design.
Over 1000 children, young people and family members took part in sessions focused on topics in the State of Child Health report. Their voices, views and emerging themes are covered in this special report looking at poverty, mental health, communication, PSHE , LGBT and children’s rights.
This guidance offers advice and tips, much of which comes directly from children and young people that use the services, about how they would like to be involved in specialised commissioning procedures.

We work to ensure that the voice of children, young people and families is making a difference in child health and healthcare for young patients. Find out more about us and how to follow our work.

Are you thinking about starting an engagement process locally with children and young people? Or looking for the next steps on how to increase your engagement offer? This guide is for you!
The case studies below were collated for the RCPCH Annual Conference 2017 to provide examples of engagement practice across the UK. They are from a range of settings and organisations including health, acute, community and voluntary sector.
This resource booklet will give you a shared understanding and agreement for best practice when involving children, young people and their families in your committees, including what is needed in order to have a meaningful experience as a lay representative.