Selwyn Jones sports centre scoops ‘Young People Friendly’ award

Selwyn Jones sports centre scoops ‘Young People Friendly’ award A St Helens sports centre is celebrating after scooping an award in recognition for the service it provides in helping young people address health and wellbeing issues.

Selwyn Jones Sports Centre in Newton-le-Willows has become the first non-traditional health service to achieve Young People Friendly (YPF) status, based on the Department of Health’s ‘You’re Welcome’ quality criteria, which aims to improve young people’s experience of services and their health outcomes.

A recent visit from a young person aged 13-19 from the YPF assessors team found that the centre ticked all the right boxes in:

  • Accessibility – ensuring that services are accessible to young people by public transport, and that young people can use the service at times convenient to them.
  • Publicity – the importance of effective publicity in raising awareness of the services available and explaining the extent of confidentiality. Effective publicity enhances access.
  • Confidentiality and consent – this covers safeguarding policies, how this is implemented by staff, and understood by young people.
  • The environment – young people’s experiences of settings; such as waiting areas.
  • Staff training, skills attitudes and values – this covers staff training, supervision, relevant appraisals, to ensure the staff are able to provide a YPF service.
  • Joined-up working – includes staff familiarity with local service provision and arrangements for referral.
  • Monitoring and evaluation and the involvement of young people – to ensure that all processes are in place to capture young peoples’ views, the governance of the service, decisions and development.
  • Health issues for adolescence – covers, where appropriate, that the service can signpost young people to ensure their holistic health needs can be addressed.

A certificate and plaque will now be displayed in Selwyn Jones which will act as a reminder to young people that they will be also be treated with respect, listened to, not judged –and receive a confidential service when visiting the sports centre.

After picking up the award, St Helens Council’s Leisure Investment Manager, Dave Pugh said: “All young people are entitled to receive appropriate health care wherever they access it and it gives me great pleasure to say that this type of support is available at Selywn Jones. I’d like to congratulate the members of staff who made this possible on a job well done.”

Sue Forster, Interim Director of Public Health for St Helens Council added:

“The teenage years are crucial for the adoption of positive health and lifestyle behaviour, but some adolescents may have poor health and wellbeing outcomes due to inadequate access to health care and wellbeing services.  Ensuring that services are open and friendly for young people will help to address these barriers.”

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(See attached file: Selwyn Jones Sports Centre – Centre awarded Young People Friendly award (5).jpg) St Helens Council’s Leisure Investment Manager, Dave Pugh hands over the Young People Friendly award to Selwyn Jones employee, Kirsty Ratcliffe