The Investing in Children Membership Award™ Scheme recognises and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice with children and young people.

Organisations applying for the award have to demonstrate dialogue with young people which leads to change.  However, children and young people have to provide the evidence for the organisation and endorse the membership report because it is a children’s and young people’s award.

IiC membership award poster

Young Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire are delighted to once again gain this recognition from Investing in Children.

Young Healthwatch submitted evidence of their projects they have undertaken in the last year that demonstrated how the young people have lead change.

Some Young Healthwatch members where then invited to meet with the Awards Manager who spoke to them in more detail about their projects. As a result, Investing in Children felt Young Healthwatch had done amazingly well and clearly demonstrated good practice and active inclusion of children and young people that had resulted in change.

Diana Blackmun, Chief Executive Officer, Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire, said:

Excellent news and very well done to all the young people involved and to you for leading the group, Eleanor. They are doing some fantastic work and we are all very proud of what they have achieved.

We look forward to hearing more about their future projects and activities.

Very well done to you all – great achievement!

In the future, we want to continue to use the voice of children and young people within Central Bedfordshire, and encourage joint working to really make a difference in the services that are available.

We will encourage others to apply for the award also, to promote Investing in Children and the meaning this has to a group.

Investing in Children (IiC) is a UK initiative that promotes the human rights of children and young people. Over the last 21 years, IiC has developed a range of different ways in which children and young people are supported to say what they want to say, and help to improve services used by them, by discussing their ideas with the adults who run the services.

There are currently over 500 members across the UK and Ireland

Investing in Children was established in 1995 by senior managers from Durham County Council and the NHS.  In May 2013 Investing in Children was spun out from Durham County Council to form a Community Interest Company – IiC CIC

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