Declare Your Care campaign: Children & young people


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As part of their #DeclareYourCare campaign, this month ‘Declare Your Care’ are encouraging young people to feedback on care.

Their research reveals that young people (16-24) don’t raise concerns about their care due to fears of being seen as a troublemaker, or because they don’t think it’ll make a difference. Young people are also more likely to have experienced poor care when using mental health services.

  • Young people are more likely to refrain from raising a concern due to fears of being seen as a troublemaker (36% of 16-24s)
  • 44% of young people (16-24) or their carers didn’t raise concerns/complain because they didn’t think it would make any difference. (This is compared to 35% of adults and 21% of children under 16).
  • 27% of young people 16-24 have experienced poor care when using mental health services in the last 5 years compared with only 7% of adults aged 55+

You can download campaign resources. These include a stakeholder toolkit and a range of digital and social media resources.

Please get in touch, they say, if you have any questions:

Bob Jope


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!