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Devon CAMHS

Our experience of involving young people in recruitment has been incredibly positive with young people and professionals alike, reporting the value of this process.  We have involved young people in appointments at all levels including Assistant Director: Integrated Children’s Service Delivery, Practice Managers, Clinicians/Practitioners and Administrators.  Almost without exception, the experiences have been extremely productive with adults and young people working effectively together and making decisions that everyone feels positive about.

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Northumberland, tyne and Wear Foundation Trust

Within Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust, yearly events celebrate the ‘involvement agenda’ and invite as many staff and users of services as possible to share examples of good practice inclusion in service provisions.

In November 2009 there was a Children, Young People and Specialist Services Directorate Event that invited examples to be shared of involving young people, clients/patients, parents/carers. This was an excellent event where presentations, workshops and stalls allowed all delegates to show how service users had been involved in the delivery, improvement and maintenance of the service provided by the Children, Young People and Specialist Services of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust.

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Wakefield Adolescent and Mental Health Services

The CAMHS Crisis Team is a small team with a specific remit; we offer an out of hours service and take referrals from the general locality teams for hard to engage, high risk cases. The length of time we are involved and intensity of the intervention is very much lead by the need of the young people. The team recently completed its annual report and we were very aware of the fact that young people’s views were not represented as fully as we would have wanted. The team was also aware of how potentially complex and time consuming this could be and also the ethical issues of seeking feedback when young people are still currently involved with the team. It would have been very easy to become overwhelmed by the potential issues but we decided that we would begin by inviting a  small number of young people to what in essence would be a steering group. The focus was to begin to pull together the skeleton of a participation programme which would be lead by young people.

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