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What is Participation?

Participation is the principle that young people and parents and carers should have an active role to play in the decisions around their care, and the shape and delivery of services who support them.

Children and young people’s participation is one of the five key principles of the CYP IAPT programme, and it is essential to successful service transformation: Services need to be able to meet the needs of the young people and parents that they work with – not only in meeting their care, but also in how services are set up to deliver support.

Participation places great emphasis on shared decision making – which means that young people have an equal role as their practitioner in making decisions about their treatment. CYP IAPT practitioners will discuss with you a range of different ways of working together, and help you come to a shared decision about the opportunities.


For more info about embedding participation in your service, click here.

If you’re a young person and want to get involved in participation work, click here.

If you’re a parent, click here.