In April 2019 a Kent and Medway children and young people’s summit ‘Faith in the Future’ was held in Maidstone. Hosted by NHS England, and organised with support from the East Kent Children’s Commissioning Support Team and Kent-wide children’s commissioners this was a great opportunity to listen to children, young people and their parents and for them to play an important and very powerful part in influencing our Kent Transformation Plan for Young People.
The event was extremely well attended and some truly inspiring children and young people spoke at the event about their hopes and fears for the future and their experiences of health and social care services. A film of Douglas' story was particularly powerful.
Written pledges were made by participants to make sure that children are listened to and that opportunities are provided to really shape their future. Dr Jihad Malasi, the Chair of Thanet CCG attended and reported that as a direct result of his pledge that "at any and every opportunity, I have spoken about children’s rights and place in our society. I will continue to do this tirelessly. The inspiration I drew from those children and young adults will stay in mind for a long time."
In addition, as part of the summit, a competition was also held to design a logo, for the event.