In this section
The Youth Advisory Council, more informally
known as Youth at the Kids (Y@K), aim to change the future of The
Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) by making the hospital a better
place, through consulting with other children and young people,
sharing our opinions and reflecting on our experiences.
We are a group of young people with a voice
who are involved in the hospital. Y@K works with the RCH Executive,
patients and other advisory councils. We are passionate about
putting young people's needs at the forefront. We strive to
represent young people and their ideas for the present and future.
We are committed to improving hospital life in concordance with
young people and their feedback.
Youth Council members are interested in
finding out more about the following areas and the input they can
have. These areas include:
Members are 12-20-years-old from different
areas that are patients or have had experience at the RCH e.g.
siblings, or young people who have a genuine interest in the RCH.
Y@K has a core group of 15-20 council members from different areas
who attend meetings. Members over 20 years old who still want to be
involved will have an organising/mentoring role
An agenda will be prepared by the chairperson
with support from Y@K staff (maximum of three staff) and members
will take turns at chairing the meetings. Approximately 10 meetings
will run per year, on a monthly basis with additional meetings if
the need arises.
Meeting minutes will be produced after every
meeting (a record/notes of what happened at the meeting, what
decisions were made and who has agreed to do what tasks). Members
unable to attend a Y@K meeting will receive meeting notes and be
provided the name of a Y@K member to call for further
We report directly to the Chairperson of the
Consumer Engagement and Physical Environment Working Party who then
reports to the Y@K Executive Sponsor, who receives a copy of the
meeting minutes and is invited to attend Y@K meetings. If we have
something we would like to feedback or discuss with the RCH
Executive we will negotiate an appropriate way to communicate.
It is anticipated Y@K members will: