09 Nov Peer Power and NHS England Health and Well-Being Event
Young people and health commissioners from London boroughs attended a Peer Power consultation event in partnership with NHS.
The event was held at Rich Mix, London to co-create a vision for ‘improving health and well-being for young people with experience of youth justice services’.
Over 150 people attended the event, including young people, commissioners, youth offending services, clinicians, the Metropolitan police, charities and other interested parties, to consider how to collectively improve the emotional health and well-being of young people in the youth justice system.
The event contained a range of participatory, empathy based and creative activities, and Peer Leaders facilitated discussion between young people and commissioners.
A film containing the views and experiences of young people involved in the project was shown and can be viewed below.
The event was captured by More than Minutes; to the right you can see the visual representation of the event that was created.
A report about The Emotional Health and Well-Being of Young People in the Youth Justice System including data from the event will be launched at the Annual Youth Justice Convention at the end of November 2016.
Feedback from the event included:
“The speakers were excellent – felt very emotional hearing it first hand”
“…Well done NHS England for commissioning Peer Power for innovative conference”
“Thank you for being brave enough to share your views. Your stories have inspired us and will be remembered when delivering and designing services”
“You are an inspiration – keep doing what you’re doing”
Messages to Decision Makers
“Ensure CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) are available to all Youth Offending Services”
“More needs to be done so that young people in need have a relatable adult to talk to”
“Get the right approach to youth. Informal and not rigid stats collector. Look at early intervention”
“The only outcomes that matter are collated feedback from young people/staff/families”
“Listen!! Working with grassroots charities, like Peer Power. be consistent, train people well, money for space/people and youth workers”