NEW expert group on mental health

Article 39 is a small, independent charity which fights for the rights of children who live in group-based settings like children’s homes, hospitals and prisons.

Last year we wrote a report about the things which children and young people have asked their independent mental health advocates to help them with.

Join our NEW expert group! 

We are setting up a national group to support children and young people to have your say on changes to mental health law and making things better in mental health hospitals. 

We hope to have around 10 children and young people join this group.

The expert group will work on two main things: 

  • Looking at how the law and other rules can be changed and improved to make sure children and young people are listened to, cared for and treated well. 
  • Designing a new training course for independent mental health advocates, to help them be even better at listening to children with mental health problems and protecting your rights.   

If you are…  

  • Aged 25 or younger, and
  • Have been in hospital as a child for mental health reasons, and 
  • Keen to join with others to protect the rights of children and young people in mental health hospitals, and 
  • Able to meet with us every couple of months (as a rough guide).  

… then we would love to hear from you!  

You do not need to have done anything like this before. We are looking for children and young people who are keen to share their thoughts and ideas about mental health services, and who want to take on new challenges and build their skills and experiences, including learning about children’s rights, how government and parliament work and how to campaign for positive change. 

We always like to have a great mix of people, so please don’t be put off if you are a shy or quiet person. 

You will not be expected to share anything personal or to participate in activities that make you feel uncomfortable. 

We will support you to make sure that you feel safe and in control.   

As there are still restrictions on travelling and meeting due to the pandemic, it’s likely that our work together will be online via Zoom (these will always be outside of school or college hours). You will receive a voucher for every session you’re part of, as a mark of thanks for your contribution. If possible, we would like members of the group to be able to commit to a few hours every two months for at least a year.  

How to get involved
Please send an email to with your name, age and a few sentences about why you would like to be part of our new group. You can send this as a message, a voice recording or a video – whichever you prefer. If you have any questions or would like to chat about the group on the phone, please just let us know.  
(If you are aged 15 or under, please provide an email address for a parent or carer so that we can check that it is OK that we have your personal contact details.) 
THANK YOU for reading this and for considering whether to join our new group. If we receive a lot of interest and need to change our plans, we will let you know and try our best to be fair to everyone. 

This work will be led by Hassatou Condé. She is a children’s rights campaigner and is passionate about promoting human rights and making sure that children and young people are always heard and respected.