The involvement of young people in the HBSC England study goes beyond young people being participants and completing the HBSC survey. The HBSC England team have been keen to involve young people in all parts of the research process including questionnaire development, piloting questions with peers, design and survey delivery, and interpretation of data. We have written a number of blog posts about how young people have been involved in our research, click here and here to read about our young co-researchers.
Usually youth participation is facilitated through local schools, however we were recently part of a University of Hertfordshire public engagement event to showcase our research with young people and the public. On Wednesday 17th February, along with colleagues from our department CRIPACC, we set up our stall at the Galleria in Hatfield ready to share our research with the public!
Our data was presented on infographics – two of which had been designed by a young researcher called Harrison who joined us for work experience.
We also ran a quiz about young people’s health in England. It was interesting talking to young people (and their parents!) about the health of English teenagers - some of the answers to the quiz were surprising and even questioned the assumptions we hold about teenagers. Thank you to all the young people who took part in the quiz - we will be drawing the prize winner soon!
The day was very successful and we hope everyone who attended the event found it interesting and had lots of fun! To have a look at what we got up to on the day you can search with #UHatGalleria or follow us on twitter @HBSCEngland.