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Information for parents and caregivers

Thank you for interest in young people's work with Mind and our Youth Voice Network. We understand as parent(s) or caregiver(s) in a young person's life you may want to find out more about this process, and how we'll be working with them within the network.

Below we've tried to explain everything as clearly as possible, but if you have any further questions or would like to speak to one of the team then please email us on [email protected].

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The Youth Voice Network is a way in which children and young people across England and Wales can voice their thoughts to help shape Mind and our work. Through the Youth Voice Network young people can:

  • Get involved in blogging and vlogging on topics important to them
  • Participate in online polls and surveys to share their opinion
  • Have opportunities to shape Mind's work nationally
  • Be kept up to date on the Youth Voice Network via the e-newsletter
  • Gain access to a range of online training, such as mental health awareness and safeguarding
  • Attend regional information days where our team will be hosting drop in sessions for young people to get to know them and ask questions
  • Apply to volunteer at specific events, such as supporting Mind's partnership with the Scouts at fundays

We've made the process as easy as possible for both the young person and yourself. If they're interested in joining the network then they'll use our web sign-up form to input their name, contact number and/or email and demographic information.

If the young person is under 18, then that's where you come in. We ask them to include the information of their parent(s) or caregiver(s), allowing us to seek consent from you as well. To make sure this process is as clear as possible, we won't make any contact with the young person about the Youth Voice Network until you've let us know it's okay.

If they're over 18 then that's all we need to allow them to join the Network, but the below information may still be interesting to read as a parent or caregiver.

Yes. Before any young person gets involved in an opportunity, the team will speak to them about what they can expect, and make sure that any necessary training has taken place. We will also speak to young people about their own lived experience of mental health before they take part in any activity so that we can ensure we put the right measures in place for their mental health.

Either before or after an opportunity, we will always signpost young people to a support service if we feel that more direct care needs to be given, or the young person asks for further help. If the young person is under 18, we will always make parent(s) or caregiver(s) aware of this before we do so.

It depends on the opportunity, but any payment will be made clear when we go out to ask for volunteers. The maximum thank you we will reward is a voucher of up to £20.

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer placements within the national organisation, which is based in London and Cardiff. However, it may be worth contacting your nearest Local Mind in case they are in a position to help. You can find information about our network of Local Minds and locate your nearest Local Mind here.

Although we are not able to offer work experience placements within the national organisation, we do have lots of upcoming opportunities for young people to get involved. These opportunities will provide a chance for young people to gain experience and develop new skills, while also contributing to shaping our work. There will be opportunities available online, as well as in-person at specific events. If this is something that would interest the young person in your life, they can find out more and sign up here.

Yes. We want everyone to have access to each opportunity, so for those that include travel we will reimburse the cost for the young person and any responsible adult they bring if needed.

This depends upon the young person. When a young person accepts an opportunity to shape our work, we will have a conversation with them about travel arrangements and accessibility. If we agree that it would be best if they're accompanied by a parent or caregiver, then we'll speak to you to make sure this is okay. Alternatively they can bring a responsible adult, such as an older sibling or friend.

Unfortunately we're unable to accompany young people to and from events, but we can arrange transport for them such as a taxi.

At the moment we don't have a network for parents and caregivers. However, if you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact us on [email protected].

We both respect and value any contribution from a young person in the network, and so would never share this outside of necessary people or teams – this includes with their parent(s) or caregiver(s). We want young people to know their contributions are safe with us, and that they can be open about how they feel.

If at any point we have concerns about a young person's input, then we will do our best to identify them and follow our safeguarding policy. If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to contact us on [email protected].

If you change your mind about the young person in your life being a part of the network, then so long as they are under 18 you have a right to change your mind. We really encourage you to speak to them about this first, and you're also welcome to email us and talk to us about it before making any decision. You can find us at [email protected].

If your young people would like to rejoin the network at any time then they're of course more than welcome.

You can find out about how we look after young people's information by reading our Privacy Policy.

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