31 Oct Peer Power contribute to RCPCH Healthcare Standards for Children and Young People in Secure Settings
RCPCH’S Healthcare Standards help healthcare professionals, commissioners, service providers, regulators, managers and governors ensure that young people in secure settings receive the care they need to improve their health outcomes.
Peer Power contributed to the refresh of these standards by visiting a number of secure settings to gather the insights and experiences of the children and young people there. Our thanks goes to those children we spoke to who shared their reality with us and made it possible for us to reflect and feedback to RCPCH.
Around 1,000 children are held in secure settings in England at any time. These children have significantly greater, and often previously unidentified and unmet, physical, mental and emotional health, and speech, language and communication needs and neurodisabilities than other children their age. They are twice as likely to have been subject to serious maltreatment as the population as a whole
It is our hope that this report serves to create a more empathetic system for these children.
You can read the full guidance in the report here RCPCH_Healthcare Standards for Children and Young People 1.2 updated 2019-09