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Launch of health and well-being guides for care experienced young people

The ‘Getting More Involved’ project is delighted to announce the launch of a series of health and well-being guides for care experienced young people across Wales.

The guides are now available at http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/resources/social-care/.

We have held focus groups across Wales with care experienced young people to consider children’s rights and key health and well-being issues that are important to them. The guides have been developed with young people between 13-23 and have been designed with this age range in mind.

You will find a guide on ‘children’s rights, health and well-being’ which outlines children’s rights under Part 6 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. There are also guides on subjects including well-being, mental health and healthy eating and exercise. Health and well-being is a children’s rights issue. Each individual guide is a practical resource designed to inform more care experienced young people of their health rights and how to have more of a say in care and assessment planning. Young people can also access signposting to support services if needed and a pathway to advocacy.

Health and well-being guides can be used if you are a professional working with young people in care or about to leave care.

We are currently developing additional guides including a ‘what to expect when having your health assessment’ guide as well as a series of guides for professionals working with care experienced children and young people.

If you would like to know more about the project or wish to get involved in the future, please do get in touch! Emma.Sullivan@childreninwales.org.uk