Showcasing good practice

The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) programme is about transforming child and adolescent mental health services to make them better for young people and their families. An essential part of this is ensuring that young people and families are involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of services. Here you can see examples of work developed together with young people and parent/carers.

Participation in lockdown

A series of podcasts by four young people from the Somerset CAMHS participation group, discussing the impacts of anxiety and stress and some of their coping mechanisms. Please note that these podcasts discuss sensitive topics, which may be distressing to some, and contains strong language.

You can listen to the podcasts by clicking on them below:

Find out more about this podcast series and other online resources developed by young people here.

Young Devon have put together some reflections as a team and provided a video from a young woman attending their Wellbeing Café and the Children and Family Health Devon Young Leaders Group.

Find the resource here.

BBC Radio Devon have also featured Young Devon on their Breakfast show broadcasts; airing audio diaries from several of our young people, every day for a week. This incredible opportunity gave several members of their Youth Council the chance to voice their thoughts and feelings during lockdown; sharing how the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic has impacted them.

Take a listen here. 

Do you have examples of best practice you would like to share? Please email us.

Take part in Participation:

Network meetings

There are regular meetings for participation leads to share best practice, discuss challenges and organise events and training. Please contact the Participation team for details of the next meeting.


All staff who complete the CYP IAPT training programmes undertake modules in participation and shared decision-making. If you have completed this, join your local CYP IAPT steering group to share practice and ideas with other services around embedding participation, and request consultation from your CYP IAPT Clinical Leads by contacting us here.

Explore Participation resources for services by clicking the button below

Engaging with BAME young people

A short film sharing developed by Devon CAMHS, capturing the experiences of young people from BAME communities, with their advice for mental health practitioners to develop better practice and improved relationships.

With thanks to Devon CAMHS, Robin Tay and the young people who have been involved.

Find out more about this film and other resources developed by young people here.