Public Health England recognises the benefits of youth volunteering across the NHS and public health system and the role it can play in improving the health and wellbeing of young people and their communities. Youth social action can contribute to developing employability and should be accessible to all of the UK’s diverse communities.
We will highlight the benefits and champion youth social action across our networks. We are committed to promoting young people’s interests in everything we do.
Engagement, co-production and social action:
- We will work in co-production with young people to develop and promote our ‘Rise Above’ programme. The programme is co-created with young people and provides information and interactive content to inform healthcare decisions.
- We will continue to promote our interactive ‘e-Bug’ website. ‘e-Bug’ is a peer-education and teaching resource, created to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance; including infections and prudent antibiotic use.
- We will continue to engage and co-produce resources and training programmes with young people for public health nurses, including school nurses through our professional leadership role. This will support access to early help, behaviour change and create social action such as family antibiotic guardians, peer support and self-care.
- We will support the Royal Society for Public Health’s Young Health Champion Programme as an active partner of the programme which gives young people the skills, knowledge and confidence to act as peer mentors.
Giving young people a voice:
- We will work with NHS England and the Department of Health to support the national NHS Youth Forum. The Youth Forum is a group of young people who share their views, ideas and experiences to make positive changes to young people’s health services. We will link this to our national engagement strategy.
Supporting young people to achieve:
- We will provide opportunities for young people to enter work through schemes such as Movement to Work and apprenticeships.
- We will run an annual Project SEARCH work experience programme for young adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.
- We will develop work placements with Ambitious about Autism for young people.
- We will launch a work experience programme for young ex-offenders.
- We will encourage other employers to adopt schemes to provide employment opportunities for underserved communities.