At CORC, we try to include young people across our work. How we do this looks different in each project and for each young person and includes: 

  • Young people as members of the CORC advisory group 
  • Co-producing research and evaluations with Participation Programme Assistants, young people with experiences related to mental health support. 
  • Consulting with young people through discussion groups to inform the findings of our evaluations and research. 
  • Working with young people to form ideas for upcoming projects. 
  • Connecting with youth voice organisations across the UK, sharing our learning supporting others to include young people in their services. 

Here are some examples of previous projects where CORC collaborated with young people: 

My voice matters

In these blogs, Chris and Lereece talk about why young people’s voices matter and how CORC has supported them to amplify their voices through the Kailo project:  

We asked Lereece what 'My voice matters', (the theme for Children and Mental Health week February 2024), means to her:

Lereece's blog

Our Participation in Research Officer asked Chris his perspective about mental health support:

Chris's blog

London Vanguard Independent Evaluation

CORC have been commissioned by NHS England to conduct a two year independent evaluation of the London Vanguard model, using mixed methods approach, which will include quantitative data collection and interviews with staff and young people.

Vanguard is a way of supporting children, young people, parents, carers and communities living in complex situations and who may be affected by violence. 

CORC have a peer researcher embedded into our team, involved in all stages of the evaluation, which includes co-facilitating the young people advisory group (YPAG).

This short case study details the participation by young people taking place.

London Vanguard participation case study

International qualitative study: views of young people and stakeholders on the active ingredients of mental health

The Wellcome Trust commissioned CORC during 2020 and 2021 to provide qualitative evidence regarding young people's and professionals’ views on 26 "active ingredients".

You can find further details of this here.

This short case study highlights how we involved young people with lived experience of depression or anxiety as peer advisors throughout the project to ensure an understanding of young people's views:

Active Ingredients participation case study

Kailo community evaluation - a new research and design programme

Kailo is a research and design programme which aims to help local communities understand and respond to the route causes of young people's mental health. It co-designs local projects with young people, local communities and public service partnerships, to make sure that the projects are responding to local need in an appropriate and meaningful way.

You can find out more about this evaluation here.

Within this brief case study by our Participation in Research Officer, Rachael Stemp, she highlights the different ways that young people are supporting this work:

Kailo participation case study

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