Involving children in our services

Image of a group of childrenHearing the views and opinions of children and involving them in developing our services will now be expanded thanks to Children and Family Health Surrey working more closely with Surrey County Council’s Children’s Rights and Participation Team.

We now have the opportunity to engage with children and young people through already established groups including the Youth Cabinet, Care Council and children with complex needs.

These cabinets and councils will give children and young people the opportunity to ask us questions and challenge us to be inclusive and child-friendly as well as enabling us to seek advice, opinions and help shape the development of our Health Surrey services.

Devon Cox, Participation Advisor for Children’s Rights and Participation at Surrey County Council says: "We are really excited to be working with our partners in health to ensure that we are jointly hearing the views of young people who are accessing these services. Young people have proved pivotal in shaping and improving services, and we are committed to ensuring that young people are heard at all levels, and are given the opportunity to share their views on the quality of health services. Establishing this link will also encourage young people to engage with health services and we hope that this interaction will prove beneficial to our young people."

Trudy Mills, Director of Children and Family Health Surrey says: “Involving children in the health services we provide is so important, and I’m really looking forward to hearing the views, feedback and opinions of young people through these groups. I’m very pleased that our Patient Experience Team is able to partner the fabulous work of the Children’s Rights and Participation Team at Surrey County Council to ensure we hear the voices of Surrey’s young people.”