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Forum achieves ‘Young People Friendly’ Accreditation

Forum’s Health Engagement Team has spent the last 12 months working towards achieving the ‘Young People Friendly’ status which is a nationally recognised initiative that the Department of Health outlined under the ‘You’re Welcome’ initiative.

We had to evidence that our service is ‘young people friendly’ and that young people will be treated with respect; listened to; won’t be judged; and will receive a confidential service.

To achieve the accreditation, Forum needed to demonstrate that they met NHS Wirral’s criteria.  This included having appropriate policies in place around access, publicity, confidentiality and consent as well as offering a welcoming environment and fully trained staff with the skills, attitude and values to support young people.

Fiona Johnstone, Director of Public Health for Wirral commented:

“The teenage years are a crucial time for encouraging people to adopt positive health behaviour, yet, we know from research that many young people feel there are barriers preventing them from accessing services and so don’t.

The ‘young people friendly’ scheme encourages health service providers across Wirral to meet national criteria to make sure they offer accessible services that welcome and support young people.”

The scheme aims to break down barriers young people face in accessing health services in their area.  Services that have achieved the accreditation can be identified by the use of the ‘young people friendly’ logo.

Forum’s Health Engagement Team continue to break down barriers young people face in accessing health services in the area by signposting young people to services that have also achieved the accreditation.

Here at Forum, young people are at the heart of everything we do, so we are really pleased to have been recognised and have achieved the ‘Young People Friendly’ accreditation.