Young People’s Voices in Public Policy

Why aren’t young people getting the health and social care services or information they require, and their accounts are often less positive than those of other age groups?

ISBN:978-1-911634-23-2| Publication date: November 2020

Guest Editor: Dr. Darren Sharpe |
Editor-in-chief: Dr. Theo Gavrielides |

The Special issue

This special issue is focused on young people’s involvement in shaping health and social care policy and practice leading to improvements in health and wellbeing outcomes for young people. The transition from childhood to adulthood is an important, fascinating period of life. Young people between the ages of 10 and 25 need particular support and special services, especially those who may be marginalised. They have different patterns of need from younger children and older adults. This special issue is interested in research that has helped to improve health outcomes for young people include developing policy initiatives that focus more specifically on 10-24-year-olds, implementing age-appropriate health promotion and early interventions, commissioning services that meet the unique needs of young people particularly during transition, and taking specific actions to reduce health inequalities by addressing the social determinants of health in this age group. Good health for young people is central to their wellbeing and forms the bedrock for good health in later life. We want to learn about projects and approaches in which young people have helped to ensure health and social care policy is informed, influenced and shaped by the views and lived experiences of young people.

As a result, we encourage innovative research and submissions grounded in youth and youth-led research and centred on the views and experiences of young people.

Guest Editor Dr Darren Sharpe: I am seeking your help to cascade the link across your networks to elicit manuscripts reporting on original research produced with, by and for children and young people (CYP) to shine a spotlight on the different ways CYP  have been able to inform, influence and shape health and social care policy and practice to improve outcomes for CYP, especially in response to COVID-19. I am also looking for reviewers between April and July 2020 to help select the group of manuscripts to constitute the special issue. Please get back and let me know if you are interested.

Table of Content

Research Papers

Darren Sharpe (2020). Introductory and context setting article authored

Ndiaye, S, A, R, (2020). “Giving Youth a Seat at the Table: Considerations from
Existing Frameworks of Youth Participation in Public Policy Decision-Making”, Youth Voice Journal,

Case, S., Creaney, S., Coleman, N., Haines, K., Little, R., & Worrall, V. (2020).
“Trusting children to enhance youth justice policy: The importance and value of children’s voices”
, Youth Voice Journal, ISBN:978-1-911634-23-2

Leavey, C., McNeill, O., Kane, M., & Aiden, H. (2020). “The impact of the COVID-19
lockdown on young people’s health and wellbeing: How are family relationships and emotional
support being affected?”, Youth Voice Journal, ISBN:978-1-911634-23-2

Obuaku- Igwe, C,. (2020). “‘Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu’ (A person is a person
because of other people): Reflections on student’s experiences of social isolation and the impact of a
peer to peer mental health support group during covid-19 lockdown in South Africa” , Youth Voice
Journal, ISBN (ONLINE):978-1-911634-23-2

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