Children and young people

We want to hear what you think of health & social care services in your area – thats everything from your school nurse or GP to your local hospital and support services.

Healthwatch Surrey is here to champion the views of children and young people and ensure those views are acted on.

There are lots of ways that you can contact us – call us, tweet, text, email us. You can even go in to any Citizens Advice Bureau in Surrey and speak to a Healthwatch Champion.


Our work with children and young people

Our Health Matters

We have been working with Surrey Youth Focus to find out about what young people across Surrey think about the NHS. More than 220 people between the ages of 11 – 25 took part in an online survey and 2 focus groups. We have released a report into the findings.

There was clear evidence that the top health concern was around mental health and the issues that can arise from bullying.

These top 4 issues were:

  • Depression
  • Self-Image
  • Self-Harming
  • Exam Pressure

Many people that took part in the project felt that Health & Education could do more to collaborate in tackling these issues.

Some of the suggestions included:

  • All schools should adopt a zero-tolerance policy to bullying
  • Those who have overcome bullying to be role models for others
  • Interactive programmes on Mental Health

The Magna Carta School

In March 2017 we spoke to 189 students from the Magna Carta School in Staines during their Health and Wellbeing Week to find out how they deal with anxiety and worry.

We found that the majority of young people we spoke to had experienced anxiety or worry, however nearly one third said that they did not speak to anyone about this or were not sure where to go.

Young people were more likely to speak to their friends or to parents and less likely to approach teachers to discuss their worries and anxiety, however over a quarter (50 out of 189) said they would not feel comfortable talking to anyone.

Please click here to read all our findings.


Surrey Youth Focus

We have been working with Surrey Youth Focus to find out about what young people across Surrey think about the NHS. More than 220 people between the ages of 11 – 25 took part in an online survey and 2 focus groups. We have now released a report into the findings.

There was clear evidence that the top health concern was around mental health and the issues that can arise from bullying.

These top 4 issues were:

  • Depression
  • Self-Image
  • Self-Harming
  • Exam Pressure

Many people that took part in the project felt that Health & Education could do more to collaborate in tackling these issues.

Some of the suggestions included:

  • All schools should adopt a zero-tolerance policy to bullying
  • Those who have overcome bullying to be role models for others
  • Interactive programmes on Mental Health

Downloads

Report: “Our Health matters” The views of young people in Surrey.