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How do I implement Participation in my service?

There a number of great free resources to get you thinking about planning and implementing participation in your service:

  • For a comprehensive guide to getting started: Hear By Right (relaunched 2018)
  • For free training in CYP IAPT participation: MindEd 
  • For more resources, click here to explore our Participation Resource Library.


  • There are regular networking meetings happening for participation workers to get together and share best practice and organise events and training. Please contact our Participation team to find out details for the next meeting,or check our calender here.
  • All staff who complete the CYP IAPT training programmes receive training in authentic participation and shared decision-making which they will bring to your service in their daily practice.
  • Join your local CYP IAPT steering group to share practice and ideas with other services around embedding participation.
  • Request consultation from your CYP IAPT Clinical Leads by contacting us here.

What are we currently working on at the Learning Collaborative?

  • Building the evidence base for Participation.
  • Sharing best practice across the South West and nationally (if you have examples you would like to share, please email us)
  • Supporting services to embed Participation practices through support meetings, the Participation Leads meeting and bespoke training opportunities.
  • Increasing Participation at a regional level, through the Youth Board and our quarterly meeting for partner services.
  • Working with Young Devon and services across the region to offer accredited participation training for young people.

To find out more about what Participation is, see this link.

000-3.pngOur Youth Board meet every three months to share what they are working on locally, feed into regional developments and develop ideas and plans to improve mental health services. If you would like to get involved or find out more about what we do, please email Sarah Dobson, Project Manager at s.j.dobson@exeter.ac.ukSimilarly, if you are a parent or carer and would like to find out opportunities to get involved, again please email Sarah.


Please click here to explore the resources