The Association for Young People’s Health is the UK’s leading independent voice for young people’s health.
The UK has 11.8 million young people aged 10-24 making up 19% of the population. Good health for young people is central to their wellbeing, forming the bedrock for good health in later life. It is critical that we invest in this life stage.
We bridge the worlds of policy, practice and evidence to promote better understanding of young people’s health needs, and to advocate for youth friendly health services. By sharing learning and best practice we can promote and provide better services to meet young people’s specific health needs.
We do this by:
We take a multidisciplinary and multi sector approach and collaborate wherever possible with other organisations and individuals who share our goals and values. We run events to share information, innovation and best practice with the aim of understanding and meeting the particular health needs of 10-25 year olds. We work with a range of experts via our trustees, advisory council members and youth advisory panel.
We are an evidence informed organisation. We provide access to high quality reliable data and research, from the UK and beyond, about young people’s lives, views and experiences. Our Youth Health Data site includes Key Data on Young People, Data for Schools and information about Health Inequalities. We also produce a range of other evidence and research briefings focusing on all aspects of young people’s health.
We involve young people in our work at all levels. We value young people’s lived experience and expertise and approach every interaction with young people as a learning opportunity. We are committed to working transparently, ethically and honestly with young people at all times and we put in the extra work to ensure we hear from young people who face barriers to participation. We produce a range of youth led creative resources that centre young people’s experiences and views on their health. We also involve young people in our governance.
We take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and take the realities of young people’s health experiences to decision makers to change policy and practice. We work in partnership and share our expertise and resources. This includes leading the Young People’s Health Partnership and a Health Inequalities Policy Fellow programme of work. As part of these projects and others we support young people to influence decision makers directly.
The Young People’s Health Partnership
AYPH leads the Young People’s Health Partnership that brings together seven organisations with VCSE networks across the UK from the youth and young people’s health sectors. Focusing on our shared values we represent the interests of young people and young adults focusing specifically on young people facing health inequalities.
Working together we:
- support young people to exercise empowered and active voices
- provide advice on how policies and services can affect young people differently, particularly marginalised groups.
- increase understanding of good age appropriate care for young people and why it is important
- focus on young people’s wellbeing and increasing understanding of effective prevention work
- support the youth and young people’s health sectors to work in partnership with the health system
Together with AYPH the partnership includes: British Youth Council, Brook, StreetGames, UK Youth, We Are With You, and Youth Access. Our network is made up of over 1600 services and members around the UK.
By becoming a member, you can join with others working in the field to learn, share knowledge and get support.
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