30 August 2016
CNWL’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is training its service users so that they can sit on interview panels.
The training prepares young people between the ages of 13 to 18 for interviewing and assessing applicants’ suitability to work for CAMHS. The training covers a range of topics including The Equality Act, legal requirements, what makes a good and bad interview and confidentiality.
The training course was recently redesigned and launched as a new and integral part of the CAMHS service. It was co-developed by Hilary Oliver, CNWL Recruitment Manager and Service user Participation Workers Raythe Harvey, Krystle Nurse, Sonya Lewin and Isabelle Arnold.
Training sessions are run three times a year in January, August and October. The first session was held last October and was well attended by 21 young people from across the boroughs of Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
Young people who attended the session said that they felt very positive about the training. The training also allowed them an opportunity to build relationships with other service users.If you are a CAMHS service user and would like to get involved contact your local CAMHS Support Worker or Participation Worker.