There is increasing interest in young people’s participation in the design and delivery of health services. But young people’s views are not consistently sought or acknowledged, and they are still often marginalised in healthcare encounters.
Drawing on original research and a diverse range of practice examples, Brady explores the potential for inclusive and diverse approaches to young people’s participation in health services from the perspectives of young people, health professionals and other practitioners.
She presents a practical new framework, embedded in children’s rights, that shows how young people’s participation can be integrated into services in ways that are meaningful, effective and sustainable.
“Provides important practice insights on how practice with young people can be improved and ways they can be given a more meaningful voice in decision making.” Clive Diaz, Cardiff University
“What a feast of expertise and insight! This book is a must read for anyone keen to develop more young-person centred, meaningful and collaborative working practices.” Lucy Bray, Edge Hill University
Louca-Mai Brady is a Research Associate at Kingston University and a freelance research consultant.
Foreword ~ Kath Evans
Introduction: Untangling the enigma of young people’s participation in health care settings ~ Louca-Mai Brady
Part One: Young people’s participation in individual decision-making
Chapter 1: Shared decision-making with young people in mental health services ~ Kate Martin and Amy Feltham
Chapter 2: Disabled young people’s participation in end-of-life decisions ~ Zoe Picton-Howell
Part Two: Participation in national projects and programmes
Chapter 3: “Giving young people a voice”: lessons from the NHS England Youth Forum ~ Lisa Whiting, Shelia Roberts, Kath Evans and Julia Petty
Chapter 4: RCPCH & Us: Improving the quality of healthcare by engagement and collaboration ~ Emma Sparrow and Mike Linney
Chapter 5: Innovative ways of engaging young people whose voices are less heard ~ Lindsay Starbuck, Kirsche Walker, Jack Welsh, Emma Rigby, Ann Hagell, Jeremy Sachs
Part Three: Collaborative research in NHS services
Chapter 6: Listening to learn: Enhancing young people’s participation in a large UK Health Trust ~ Barry Percy-Smith, Sarah Kendal, Jo McAllister and Barry Williams
Chapter 7. Shifting Sands: Trying to embed participation in a climate of change ~ Louca-Mai Brady, Emily Roberts, Felicity Hathway and Lizzy Horn
Part Four: Young people-led participation
Chapter 8: Investing in Children: Respecting rights and promoting agency ~ Liam Cairns, Chris Affleck, Chloe Brown and Helen Mulhearn
Chapter 9: RAiISE: A young person-led charity for young people living with invisible illnesses ~ Sophie Ainsworth, Jennifer (Sammy) Ainsworth, Robyn Challinor, Jennifer Preston, Marie Clapham, Laura Whitty and Simon, R. Stones
Chapter 10: Rhetoric to reality, the need for a new approach ~ Louca-Mai Brady