The Youth Inspect & Advise Group ran throughout 2021 to champion the voices of children and young people with lived experiences of mental health. IAG was a youth-led space, created and facilitated by local young volunteers and ESCV staff. The project aims were:
To capture young people’s lived experience and recommendations about East Sussex schooling in the Mental Health Context and the Whole School Approach, with a specific focus on the culture of education and how that impacts pupil wellbeing.
To provide young people with a volunteering opportunity which helps them develop key skills and leadership abilities.
To influence and enact youth-established change to local schools/colleges & services.
To deliver campaigns and activities which will keep the conversation going about young people’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing (MHEW), and which will inspire practitioners and local professionals to engage more with young people to capture their voices, as well as to embed some of our youth-designed recommendations into the delivery of their service or professional capacity.
IAG created strong wellbeing partnerships in collaboration with local schools and a local wellbeing service, delivered youth-backed recommendations for system leaders and created toolkits and resources for local professionals. Topics worked on included:
Teaching and Learning: Mental health in the classroom
Mental Health awareness, fundraising and school culture
Anti-bullying and prevention
Supporting New Year 7s – School transition
Social Media and the relationship between media and wellbeing
To find out more about the group and the impacts and outcomes across IAG workstreams, read our End-of-Project Impact report by clicking below.