NHS Lothian believes that every child should have the best start in life and grow up being healthy, confident and resilient. In 2013, NHS Lothian published a draft strategy for improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the four local authorities across the Lothians. This strategy set out a clear vision, principles and approach for how NHS Lothian will work with children and young people, their families, the public, the voluntary sector and local authorities to improve the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Consultation processes are usually formal and NHS Lothian was committed to including the voices of children and young people in the consultation. To do so, NHS Lothian commissioned Children’s Parliament to facilitate the consultation process by creating a toolkit to use with their groups of children and young people so their voices can be heard and deliver associated training for practitioners. Additionally, Children’s Parliament also facilitated three consultation sessions with 24 children and young people aged 9 to 16 in East Lothian, Midlothian and the City of Edinburgh.
Using the consultation toolkit, practitioners were able to engage with over 350 children and young people across the Lothians so their views and experiences could help shape NHS Lothian’s strategy for improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Facilitator Support Notes
Session 1 – UNCRC
Session 2 – HWB and Life Stages
Session 3 – Experiences of NHS services
Session 4 – Qualities of NHS staff
NHS Lothian Consultation Evaluation
Need – Want Cards
Life stages cards
NHS Staff template 1
NHS Staff template 2