Youth Health Champions

The Youth Health Champions programme is a Royal Society for Public Health initiative which is exclusively delivered by YC Hertfordshire. Along with partners, they will train and then work with champions in schools to develop emotional well-being groups that can support pupils, staff and the wider community.

This forty hour, Level 2 course, certified by the RSPH, trains cohorts of up to 15 students to become health advisers, able to signpost and cascade critical health messages and even share some basic health advice for some concerns.

Each course has the potential to impact over 800 pupils, improving their understanding of emotional health and how to maintain or improve their well-being and resilience. Peer health messages can extend beyond the immediate student body or project and be used to meaningfully engage with other youth groups and projects, primary feeder schools, hub schools, parents and the wider community.

Each cohort will have the opportunity to help design and run new in-school activities developed by the Emotional Well-being Group that will form from Champions, their peers and supporting adults (such as teachers, school nurses, school counsellors, heads of PHSE, heads of pastoral care, governors, local services and CAMHS school liaison officers).   The Emotional Well-being Groups aim to improve the awareness of sources of emotional wellbeing support, access to early help, and improved resilience.

Schools interested in training their students as Youth Health Champions should contact debi.roberts@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Find out more about the Royal Society for Public Health's Youth Health Championship programme.