Young people face a range of health inequalities and are under-represented in health policy decision making. The Young People's Health Partnership represents the interests of young people and young adults aged 10 - 25 and we are a partnership of six organisations with VCSE networks across England from the youth and young people’s health sectors. Together with the  Association for Young People's Health the partnership includes: Addaction, Brook, StreetGames, UK Youth and Youth Access.At a national and local level:

  • We support young people to exercise empowered and active voices
  • We provide advice on how policies and services can affect young people differently, particularly marginalised groups
  • We increase understanding of good age appropriate care for young people and why it is important
  • We focus on young people’s wellbeing and increasing understanding of effective prevention work We support the youth and young people’s health sectors to work in partnership with the health system

YPHP is part of the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance) which has been established to:

  • Facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors Support a two way flow of information between communities, the VCSE sector and policy leads Amplify the voice of the VCSE sector and people with lived experience to inform national policy Facilitate co-produced solutions to promote equality and reduce health inequalities
  • The HW Alliance is jointly managed by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and is made up of 21 VCSE Members that represent communities who share protected characteristics or that experience health inequalities. Through their networks HW Alliance Members can link with communities and VCSE organisations across England.
Summary of relevant work: 
  • Reducing inequalities for homeless children, young people and families - Toolkit and learning resource for public health nurses focusing on addressing health inequalities in homeless children, young people and families. The resources set out how homelessness affects young people and families, what professionals can do and provides links to a range of resources and examples from practice.
  • Consultations with young people on the green paper: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision - Report on what young people thought of the proposals outlined in the green paper: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.
  • Mental Health Takeover Day 2017 - Report of a youth-led day of discussion, activities and debate to inform Government policy-making.
  • Young, adult and ignored – Getting a fair deal for 16-24 year olds from mental health services - Policy briefing highlighting the difficulties experienced by young adults aged 16 to 24 in accessing the mental health support they need and setting out recommended solutions.
  • Case studies of prevention work in the voluntary sector - Examples from the VCSE sector of prevention work they have undertaken with young people which can support their mental health and wellbeing. This document shares these examples as a way of increasing understanding about the range of work happening in the VCSE sector and the importance of a focus on prevention.
  • A Foot in the Door – VCS Providers’ View of CAMHS transformation - Report on a survey of 58 Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS) about their experiences of the CAMHS transformation programme. It focusses on eight themes: Engagement of VCS; Involvement of Young People; The YIACS model; Investment in VCS; Early intervention; Tackling the social determinants; Transitions – meeting the needs of young adults; Transparency & protectionism.

AYPH CAN Mezzanine 32-36 Loman Street London SE1 0EH

Key partners: 
  • Association for Young People's Health
  • Addaction
  • Brook Street Games
  • UK Youth
  • Youth Access
  • Department of Health & Social Care, Public Health England, NHS England
  • Department of Health & Social Care, Public Health England, NHS England
Seeking collaboration with: 
Policy makers
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland