Youthwatch Darlington feature in Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Annual Conference 2021

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) are really pleased to be able to showcase a project from Youthwatch Darlington in their 2021 online annual conference.

Each year, young people, parents and pediatricians from the RCPCH Engagement Committee put a request out for projects and examples of activity where children and young people have been involved in making a difference in health care, then review all submissions and select projects to showcase in the poster gallery. This year is no different, with more submissions than ever, and our project from Youthwatch Darlington to improve the provision of information for children and young peoples mental health was selected to be showcased to over 1400 pediatricians, nurses and health workers.

You can find out more about RCPCH’s engagement work with children and young people and the conference by following their voice programme, RCPCH &Us on twitter or online or by emailing

Last year Youthwatch Darlington won the 'Highly Commended' award in the 'celebrating volunteers' category at Healthwatch England's annual conference for their commitment to listen to the voices of young people in Darlington and ensuring that the provision of children & young peoples mental health information is improved.

We submitted our project to the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health Committee to be considered for this years annual conference.

We are delighted to find out the panel selected our project to feature at this years conference which takes place next week. Our project will be seen by 1400 delegates from 37 countries across the world who will be joining the online 3 day conference.  

A huge thank you to all of our young volunteers from Youthwatch Darlington for ensuring that the voices of young people are shared with local health services and commissioners. 

"Everyone at Healthwatch Darlington is incredibly proud of our young volunteers from Youthwatch Darlington. Their passion for ensuring the voices of young people in Darlington are listened too is recognised nationally and now by other countries as they feature in this years Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health annual conference. Young people in Darlington can make a difference. A huge thank you to Amy, Jess, Jaden, Emily, Madi, Alistair, Liang, Hannah, Lauren, Shuqi & Ting for your involvement in this project you should all be very proud." 
— Jemma Austin, Senior Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

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Youthwatch Darlington interview NSPCC and Kooth for this year's Children's Mental Health Week 2021.