Young Person’s Advisory Group

The Children Specialty’s Young Person’s Advisory Group was set up in 2006 with the support of the National Children’s Bureau. The aim of the group is to increase the input and influence of children and their families/carers into the development of clinical research. Here’s a short animation to give an insight into what we do:

YPAG now consists of five groups based in Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Bristol and Nottingham. They are all made up of 10-15 members who are aged between 8-19.

The groups meet every six weeks either at weekends, in the evenings, or during school holidays and come together for a national meeting once a year.

The views and opinions expressed by the group feeds into the Children Specialty’s Consumer Involvement Steering Group and Board.

Role of the group

YPAG supports the clinical research community in a range of different ways:

  • Helps researchers with their projects
  • Works with external organisations such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) , NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF), National Research Ethics Service (NRES) and INVOLVE
  • Raises research awareness amongst young people (through summaries)
  • Design and deliver national conferences to highlight the importance of children’s research and the key role they can play in its development
  • Carry out their own research projects

Achievements