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For professionals working with young people Introduction to participation

We created these handy guides to 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.

These packs are for everyone who wants to know more, whether you are a professional refreshing your knowledge, or young person or parent who might be coming across the idea for the first time.

What is participation?

This is your guide to the basics of participation. What is it, what different types of participation are there and how can you use it in your work?

The case for participation

In this guide you can discover more about why participation is so important and how you can build a case for using more participation in your service

Participation in policy

Find out how involving children, young people, parents and carers is supported by policy, legislation and guidance within the health and social care system

Want to know more?

MindEd have developed free online training modules about participation which are available to everyone. They cover introductory topics as well as more detailed learning in bite-size sessions of 30 minutes each.

Visit the MindEd Participation Hub

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More resources for you

From wellbeing activities for schools, to toolkits and webinars for mental health professionals, we have a range of resources to help you support the young people in your lives. 

Discover our resources