Children’s Voice


Wakefield District Partners Engagement with Children of various ages about a wide range of topics. The following page pulls out the highlights of each of these reports and provides a repository of these documents.
Below are the top 12 themes children and young people have told us it important to them.

        1.  Jobs and work experience
        2. Mental health and wellbeing support
        3.  Feeling safe on the streets e.g. knife crime and serious violent crime / bullying on social media
        4. Being consulted and then not been given feedback, to be taken seriously, not a tokenistic gesture or activity, more ‘We Said’ ‘You Did’
        5.  Inclusion and Diversity – equal pay and underrepresented groups feeling more included and equal
        6. Involving the Private Sector, not just public sector involvement
        7. Poverty – in particular around holiday times, not having a proper meal or safe place to go e.g. youth clubs / social activities
        8. Transport – how young people are treated and better access from rural locations
        9. Housing / homelessness- good places to live and support for young people to get their own places
        10. Buildings – more to be turned into social and leisure facilities, rather than art
        11.  The Safeguarding Charter – What will we do to keep young people safe
        12.  Best ways to communicate with children and young people – how, where and when

Next steps

In June an extended group of stakeholders and young people will use the feedback from the session on the 25th April, the Summit on 11th May and any other engagement activity in the intervening period to begin to draft the Children and Young People Plan ahead of the formal launch in November 2019.

October 2019

Let’s Talk about Difficult Emotions

Young people from across Wakefield (afed between 11-19 years) were invited to attend the event organised by Wakefield CCG.  The event was an opportunity for young people to engage with professionals from a range of emorional and mental wellbeing services across Wakefield.  Information about the event is available here.

Fusion youth club and Young Healthwatch – ASD

In October 2019 an engagement event about ASD was Fusion youth club and Young Healthwatch. Question topics were designed by the CCG and covered:

        • What are the positive/good things about ASD?
        • What do you enjoy doing?
        • What would make life better?
        • Anything else about services you want to share?

Further information about feedback from the event can be found here.

November 2018 to August 2019

You Said We Did ASD

As part of the improvement work for ASD care pathways engagement with partners has been conducted between November 2018 and August 2019.  The following themes are covered:

        • Pre-diagnosis
        • Waiting times
        • Information
        • Post diagnosis

Details of the issues raised and action taken can be found here.

Jan to March 2019

Wakefield Youth Parliament

The Wakefield Youth Parliament ran an event planning held in support of raising mental health awareness during the week of 27th March 2019. The Youth parliament worked with the HealthWatch Wakefield and Young Lives. A highlight report of this is available below;

Mental Health Summit Action Plan

On 11th September 2018 Wakefield held a mental health summit bringing together key partners including children and young people to shape the future on emotional wellbeing and mental health services for our District.

As a summit we developed our partnership action plan across the following critical areas:

          1. Early Interventions for Emotional Wellbeing
          2. Working with schools, including special schools
          3. Our CAMHS offer
          4. Partnership working within Wakefield between public health, social care, Mid Yorkshire and South West Yorkshire Partnership Trust
          5. Children and young people in mental health crisis

As a partnership and with our children and young people we are committed to improving access to our emotional wellbeing and mental health services, we will do this together and our partners signed up to be accountable for delivering meaningful and lasting change.

The key areas we will drive improvement in are:

        • How our children and young people who are looked after are provided with timely quality support
        • How we are responsive and flexible for our children and young people in mental health crisis
        • How we continue to ensure that as partners we are delivering early interventions for emotional wellbeing
        • Our relationship with schools, including our special schools, as a critical partner in the early identification and early support for our children and young people

The full summit report is available here;

You Said We Did Mental Health & Autism Spectrum Disorders

As part the improvement work to Mental Health  and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) care pathways in the Wakefield District engagement with partners was conducted during March of 2019. Points from the engagement  sessions are below;

          • People need support straight away – young people can be waiting on website for one hour on Kooth
          • Parents want to see training sessions outside of the normal working day hours
          • Length of the full pathway is so long – so understand that it is difficult to shorten this but can’t understand why there isn’t any communication/support whilst waiting.

For the steps taken to improve these areas, the full reports are below;

You Said We Did ASD Final   You Said We Did MH Final

Community Assets

Related content

HealthWatch Young Peoples Autism Experience

In 2017 HealthWatch Wakefield conducted an engagement exercise to ask young peoples experiences of living in Wakefield who Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The full report is available below.


Health Behaviours Questionnaire

Please follow this link to Wakefield’s Health Related Behaviours Questionnaire, an bi-annual survey of three age groups of the Children across the Wakefield District. here