Date: October 1, 2014
Youth-friendly health care services are those that attract young people, respond to their needs, and retain young clients for continuing care. Youth-friendly services are based on a comprehensive understanding of what young people want and need (rather than being based only on what providers believe youth need). Adolescents are often reluctant to seek health care services and it is important to find ways to offer care in a manner that adolescents perceive as welcoming, comfortable, and responsive. To ensure that the youth we serve are able to access needed health care and other critical services, it is important to have a system in place for referring and linking youth to youth-friendly services that are available in their communities.
See our other resources on youth-friendly services: