Youth Work - Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Youth Work

We believe that children and young people shouldn’t miss out on the things they enjoy doing just because they are in hospital.

Youth Work

Our approach puts children and young people in charge. We work with the child or young person to identify any issues they are facing while in hospital; and agree and deliver a range of activities and interventions to support them.

We can help to provide entertainment and enjoyment for distraction to children and young people of any age, or we can take the time to listen and provide support to ease any worries or concerns.

We can do this in a safe space away from the clinical areas of the hospital, such as The Hub, at the bedside or in the adolescent spaces (12+) on Dalhousie Ward.

I’ve never had such an open chat or come across adults who cared before. Normally people don’t like to listen to what I have to say.

Young person supported by our team

Youth Group

On Monday evenings, we run a Youth Group for  young people aged 12 and older who are known to the hospital. It is a great opportunity to relax, socialise and have fun, and new faces are always welcome!

If you would like to join the Youth Group or find out more, please do get in touch.

Youth work in A&E

Our partnership with 6VT Edinburgh City Youth Café enables two youth workers to be based in the hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) during peak incident times on Friday and Saturday nights to provide vital support to children and young people in crisis.

Funded by our charity and delivered by 6VT, this valuable and worthwhile service supports under 18s presenting with a range of emotional, physical and social needs, as well as follow up care for those who would like it.

The youth workers are the main reason I am here today. They spoke with me that night and really listened. Because of them, I am on a new path in my life. I am hugely grateful to them.

Young person who was supported by the hospital youth workers when admitted to ED

LGBT Charter

At ECHC, we strive to ensure all our services value, include and support children, young people and staff regardless of sexual orientation, gender, age, race and religion.

As part of our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity, we are embarking on our LGBT Charter (Silver Award) journey this year. It is hugely important to us that children and young people feel welcome everywhere, and that all ECHC spaces are positive, safe and understanding.

We are working in partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland and consulting with children and young people who use our services in order to achieve this. Here are some helpful resources:

Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People
Top Tips for Trans Inclusion in Youth Work Spaces