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RSPH Youth Health Champions 

The RSPH Youth Health Champion Training is an innovative new qualification  targeted at school students aged 14-18 and has been developed to enable young people to act as ‘health advisors’ to their peers.  The training, which takes less than 40 hours to complete, empowers the students to explore the causes and consequences of unhealthy behaviours and how to provide help and support for their peers and help build resilience. (Download an information leaflet about the training) 


“We’re the next generation:

if we’re supported to do well and we become healthy adults physically and emotionally,

we can do good and look after the future generations”

YP in Focus Group, Cornwall


Youth Health Champion training is part of the the RSPH Youth Health Movement 

Healthy Schools along with our partners / colleagues are bringing the Youth Health Champion Training to Cornwall to:

1. enhance and support PSHE and wellbeing work in schools (including the implementation of the Time to Move framework)

2. and as part of the work of our newly relaunched and refreshed Young People Friendly Services Quality Assurance programme, Savvy Kernow (formerly EEFO).

Young People ARE Savvy

Ensuring Young People are fully involved in all aspects of Savvy is a fundamental principle of the programme and one that we would like to place at the heart of the programme as we enter our new phase.

Savvy wants to work together with young people to enable them to:

  • shape and define the programme
  • evaluate the programme
  • contribute to development of the Quality Standards
  • take part in the assessment and verification of services as Young Person Friendly
  • be involved in ‘mystery shopper’ monitoring / evaluation of services
  • create content for information and advice areas of the Savvy website 
  • be involved and able to influence local health care so that services are ‘relevant, high quality, effective and responsive to their needs’
  • help develop local Public Health / health promotion campaigns aimed at young people
  • champion health and wellbeing to their peers

The YHC role maybe a good route for some young people to support that ambition and engage other young people as well as working with services to ensure they are offering the best possible YPF experience. 

We are piloting YHCs in two schools in September - if you would like to know more contact us

Calling Young People to help create Savvy website content: 

We are also looking for schools to join us in involving YP, aged 13+ as creators, owners and champions of Savvy via media work (creating web content from film to animation to...), PSHE, training, school councils/pupil voice, peer mentors, co-production and consultation. For more information contact us savvy.kernow@cornwall.nhs.uk (download a poster