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For schools, NHS staff, commissioners and local authorities Introduction to participation

Whether you are a professional refreshing your knowledge, or young person or parent who might be coming across the idea for the first time, these packs are for everyone who wants to know more about the basics of participation and how to involve children, young people, parents and carers in developing mental health services.

Schools, NHS staff and commissioners, Local authorities

This resource covers:

These handy guides give you all the basic information you need to know about participation, including what it is, why its important and how it is supported in policies across the children and young people's mental health system.

What is participation? guide


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The case for participation guide


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Participation in policy guide


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MindEd Participation Hub

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Related courses

    Online training

    Amplifying young voices

    24 April 2024 10:00 - 11:00

    This webinar will introduce participation and how to identify opportunities to meaningfully involve young people in shaping wellbeing support and services, and how their participation can support a whole system approach to mental health.