Youth health champions

The youth health champion (YHC) role is for 14 to 18 year olds and aims to give them the skills, knowledge and confidence to act as peer mentors. 

YHCs are trained in how to increase awareness of healthy lifestyles and encourage involvement in activities to promote good health across community and educational settings.

Watch the RSPH YHC video to find out how the role makes a difference.

The RSPH Level 2 Certificate for Youth Health Champions is Ofqual accredited with 13 credits, making it equivalent to a GCSE at grade A-C.

Learning gained from the certificate forms an important part of:


The role of the youth health champion

Youth health champions’ responsibilities vary greatly, depending on where they’re based.  For example:

How does it work?

Secondary schools

The most popular route is engaging Year 9 students, who can be recruited and trained to start their role in September of Year 10. Some schools recruit students from across the year group as youth health champions, while others encourage an entire year group to take the qualification, or embed it into specific courses related to physical education or health and social care.

Youth groups

The qualification can be delivered over a longer period of time in youth group settings.  Youth workers can also benefit from accessing this qualification as they are then fully trained to be able to pass on messages about healthy choices to all the young people they work with.

More about the RSPH qualification

Young people from age 14 can undertake the RSPH Level 2 Certificate for Youth Health Champions, which consists of four modules to:

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