Why Develop Youth-friendly Health Services?

Walk the Talk is embedded within the current policy context around patient focus and public involvement. It seeks to support NHS Boards in meeting their responsibilities around involving communities in the design, development and delivery of health care services.

Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises the rights of children and young people to the highest attainable standards for health and health care.

Youth health

Youth is a unique and critical stage of life representing a major developmental transition from childhood to adulthood. During this transition young people experience important biological, cognitive, emotional, and social changes which bring specific health-related challenges and opportunities to both the individual and society.

There is an immediate need to promote the healthy development of young people through universal health services that are appropriate, accessible, and responsive to their needs.

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