• Funding: This project is funded by NHS England’s Quality Improvement Taskforce for Children and Young People’s Mental Health Inpatient Services. The Taskforce was established in July 2019 as part of the NHS’s long term plan to transform mental health, autism and learning disability services. You can read more about the Plan and the Taskforce here.
  • Lead: Theproject is led by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR). BIHR is a leading provider of human rights support needed by people working within, and leading, public services, as well as those relying on such services and their advocates. We have twenty years’ experience of working with a range of health, care, housing, and education services, together with advocates, community groups and people directly to use a human rights approach to deliver positive changes that improve individual outcomes, staff relationships, and organisational culture. You can read more about BIHR   
  • Development: The project will workwith children, young people and parents/loved ones, supporters, and advocacy and community groups who have experience of NHSE Children and Young People’s Mental Health Inpatient Services. These groups have been put forward by NHS England; however, there will also be open access workshops available for groups who haven’t yet been involved in the project, see participants, below. 
  • Delivery: BIHR will be delivering the programme, and we are appointing 2 Experts By Experience to work with us to develop and deliver the programme, including delivery of the staff and open sessions, monitoring and evaluation, including regular review and refining the materials based on our experience and learning during the programme. You can find out more about applying to be an Expert by Experience consultant here
  • Participants: The project will work with staff and leadership working within NHSE Children and Young People’s Mental Health Inpatient Services, as a key group of beneficiaries from the programme, supporting them to make rights-respecting decisions in their everyday practice. We will also be running parallel support sessions for young people, parents/loved ones, supporters, advocates and community groups. This is to provide people with more knowledge and confidence to both know their rights, and to assert these when interacting with services.