DH bannerMany children and young people – particularly those who are disabled - have to fight to access adequate services in their area. In a bid to help them understand their rights and receive the best NHS care, the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) has launched a new three-year project, Our Rights, Our Voice.

This proposal, funded by the Department of Health, is designed to empower children and young people about the healthcare services they should be receiving.

It is doing this by promoting the NHS Constitution, which outlines patients' rights and the service they should get, in order to improve health outcomes. This follows research by the National Children's Bureau in 2010, which discovered that many young people were unaware of the NHS Constitution.

Our Rights, Our Voice, will work with focus groups of children and young people to develop innovative resources to explain how it works, in a way that is both relevant to them and easy to understand. The CDC is also inviting health professionals in local areas to share their experience about the barriers they face when accessing support services for children in their local area.

For more information about the project and how to take part in a focus group, visit the website at www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/work-themes/health/practice-and-projects/nhs-constitution-project